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Clematis, the genus : a comprehensive guide for gardeners, horticulturists and botanists
Grey-Wilson, Christopher.
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Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2000.
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219 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
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SB413.C6 G74 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This monograph stresses the species of Clematis, unlike The Gardener's Guide to Growing Clematis, which features the cultivars.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

In recent years so many unusual species and cultivated varieties of clematis have made their way into the nursery trade that gardeners will gratefully take up Grey-Wilson's learned, enlightening, and instructive text in order to help identify specimens and clarify cultivation requirements. The book's comprehensive listings include a wealth of clematis that are currently available, from extravagant and richly colored, large-flowering types to vines cloaked in delicate, nodding bell-shaped blooms. Grey-Wilson has given professionals and avid gardeners alike a book that provides a wealth of botanical information in a most accessible writing style. A definitive guide to an indispensable genus of garden plants. --Alice Joyce

Choice Review

Grey-Wilson, well versed in horticulture and botany, aims his book at the serious gardener, the horticulturist, and the botanist. Given the conflicting requirements of each, especially in taxonomy, this task is difficult. He has done a splendid job. Information on some 300 clematis species and cultivars is presented succinctly, photographs are excellent, and keys are reasonable. Given the current popularity of clematis, especially with serious gardeners and horticulturists, this book is welcome. Many rarer and unused clematis species should appeal to the jaded gardener looking for something new. This aspect sets the book off from the rest, which tend to concentrate on cultivars. The only other book that offers such coverage is currently not available in English translation. This reviewer has only minor complaints: in the section on hardiness zones, the US Department of Agriculture is abbreviated as ASDA; under pests and disease, the author suggests that rabbits can be controlled with cats or a gun (perhaps meant to be humorous, but it is poor advice for many places where the discharge of a firearm within city limits is illegal). Deer as pests is also not mentioned. Recommended highly for libraries with collections in botany and horticulture and those serving serious gardeners. General readers; graduate students through professionals. R. P. Poincelot; Fairfield University