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It is hard to imagine gardens without peonies, flowering peaches, camellias, gardenias, azaleas, wisteria, forsythia, crabapples, and the host of other ornamentals that were introduced first in Chinese gardens. And the development of the modern repeat-flowering roses would not have occurred had the so-called monthly roses not been brought to Europe from China. In spite of the romance and excitement generated by the discoveries of the famous plant hunters in the wilds of China, the Chinese plants with the greatest impact on the gardens of the world have actually come from Chinese gardens and nurseries.
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Gardens have long been an integral part of Chinese culture, written about by scholars and prized by emperors and priests; think of Chinese scrolls traced with plum blossoms and wood-block prints etched with pine branches or bamboo. The West has not only received a great number of fine plants from China, it's also been influenced by the Chinese appreciation of plants, by their ideas on striving to have something in bloom year-round, and by their treasuring shape as well as bloom. A surprising number of our showiest and favorite plants are native to China, brought to the Western world by early plant explorers. Many varieties of crabapples, chrysanthemums, lilacs, wisteria, azaleas, rhododendron, camellias, and peonies originated in China, where they have been important in gardens, literature, and art for centuries.
Peter Valder's discussion of more than 400 garden-worthy plants includes color photographs, history, information on native habitat, and cultural suggestions. The photos are large and lovely, the information thorough and useful, and to help us remember the origin of each plant he has included the Chinese letters and common names, which are charming. The Chinese name for mock orange (Philadelphus) translates as "peace and tranquility flower"; "beautiful woman banana" is the translated common name for canna lilies. No matter what the name, Chinese plants deserve space in our gardens, and Valder has written a book that intrigues us with their history and educates us about how best to grow them. --Valerie EastonBook Description:
Many staples of American gardens such as peonies, azaleas, forsythia & wisteria have origins in China; this is the first book in English to survey the rich 2,000-year history of Chinese horticulture.
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Book Description Florilegium April 1999, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: Used - U2 - Very Good. Previous owner's name blacked out on front end page. Seller Inventory # 4928833
Book Description Floriegium, Australia, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. nice clean crisp copy -heavy book check postage with us. Seller Inventory # 41769
Book Description Florilegium, Australia, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Signed by Author. Jacket wrapped in clear adhesive plastic and stuck to boards. Minor marks and wear to boards. Size: 4to (11 to 13 inches). Text body is clean & unmarked. Binding tight, spine fine. Edges slightly foxed. Signed by Author. ISBN: 1876314028. ISBN/EAN: 9781876314026. **Weight exceeds 1 kg. A Postage surcharge WILL be requested for orders placed via this service. Contact us first for a quote ** ## For Tracked shipping on orders leaving Australia, select PRIORITY option at checkout. Seller Inventory # 32417
Book Description Florilegium, Balmain, New South Wales, 1999. Hard Cover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. Jacket has light general wear and no tears. Former owner's bookplate to ffep plus a minor mark to verso of that page - otherwise internally clean. Binding tight. 400pp Size: 225mm x 290mm. Seller Inventory # 012068
Book Description Floriegium, Sydney, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Size: 10"-12" Tall. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Gardening; ISBN: 1876314028. ISBN/EAN: 9781876314026. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 33970. Seller Inventory # 33970
Book Description Floriligeum, Sydney 1999, 1999. 29.0 x 22.0cms, 400pp, colour illusts, fine hardback & dustwrapper This book has chapters on: Chinese horticulture; ornamental plants in Chinese culture;the introduction of Chinese plants to other cultures; ginko cycads & conifers; bamboos; apricots, peaches, plums & cherries; orchids; magnolias; camellias; apples, pears, quinces & haws; lilacs; peopnies; wisteria; azaleas; roses; lotus, chryyyyyysathemums; citrus; trees & shrubs; other herbaceous plants. Seller Inventory # 131452
Book Description Florilegium, Glebe NSW, 1999. Hard Cover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Reprint with Corrections.. 400 pages, colour photos thr/out. Red-cloth cover, minimal edge-wear. Illustrated, unclipped jacket. Pages clean, straight & unmarked. Tight binding. ". an essential reference for everyone who grows or is given pleasure by the garden plants of China, for those who appreciate their depiction in paintings and decorative art, for those interested in garden history and for visitors to China with an interest in gardens and Chinese culture in general." 127 Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Second Hand. Seller Inventory # 000360