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Primula: Revised Edition [Hardcover]

John Richards
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May 3 2003
This classic text has been updated and revised by the leading primulas expert. In terms of both the number of varieties grown and its popularity, Primula is one of the greatest garden genera. It is also among the largest and most widespread with approximately 430 species. This new edition includes a major taxonomic revision, information on the evolutionary history of the genus, a history of the exploration and introduction of Primula, cultivation, propagation and hybridization techniques, and a discussion of pests and diseases. This book is beautifully illustrated with over 100 drawings and photographs, including paintings by the award-winning botanical illustrator Brigid Edwards.

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One of three great garden genera, Primula rank right behind Rhododendrons and Rosas in terms of annual income generated within the horticultural trade. With more than 430 species, the genus is also one of the largest in the plant kingdom. Advances in the decade since Richards' original edition was published prompted him to update his work on this fascinating and diverse group of plants. Geared to both the home gardener and the professional botanist, this uniquely comprehensive account of all the species and varieties within the genus covers both basic cultural material as well as major new taxonomic and classification advancements. Early chapters discuss plant cultivation and evolutionary history, while the majority of the book is devoted to a detailed descriptive key. Supported by color photos, including those of obscure species captured in their native habitats, and the work of award-winning botanical artist, Brigid Edwards, this is a magnificent Primula primer. Carol Haggas
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"Uniquely comprehensive ... This is a magnificent Primula primer."
—Carol Haggas, Booklist, August 1, 2003

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4.0 out of 5 stars More than you'd ever want to know... Dec 6 2010
Format:Hardcover
This book is formidable! Way more info than I'll ever want or need.
If Primula are your 'thing' above all else, at least as far as gardening is concerned, go for it.
But for the average gardener or flower lover, this is comprehensive, detailed--I'd say overwhelming. And heavy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most precise and beautiful information available. Jan. 21 1999
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John Richards monograph on the genus Primula is the best book I have seen on the subject. I work with primroses every day and it would be much more difficult without this clarifying volume. The theoretical background is sound, the disposition is easy to follow and the illustrations are both informative and pleasing to the eye.
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