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The American Rose Society encyclopedia of roses
Quest-Ritson, Charles.
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : DK Publishing, [2003]

Physical Description:
448 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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SB410.95 .Q84 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
SB410.95 .Q84 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Featuring a history of the rose, origins of names, and a showcase of the best-loved roses, The American Rose Society Encyclopedia of Roses is a complete guide to the care and cultivation of more than 2,000 types of roses. Cataloged in an easy-to-follow A-Z format and lusciously illustrated.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This encyclopedia, a beautiful tribute to America's favorite flower, contains information on nearly 2,000 roses from the earliest species to the most modern cultivars. Each A-Z entry, accompanied by a short description and a true-to-color photograph, lists both cultivar name and registered or trademark name, synonym and code names, the classification group to which the rose belongs, its origin and parentage, size and scent, flowering information, mature height and spread, hardiness zone, and awards. Since entries are listed by the name the rose was given when introduced, there are numerous cross-references to point users to the correct entry. For example, the Peace rose is found under its breeder name of Mme. A. Meilland. Eighty-nine roses are highlighted in special entry boxes where the parent plant and its sports (mutations) are shown together. More than 40 feature panels profile nurseries, rose growers, and famous rose gardens from around the world. There are sections on cultivating roses, a glossary, a species index, a directory of rose societies throughout the world, a list of Web sites, and a very short general index. The book is lacking in only a few types of information that would have assisted users. Since most gardeners choose roses by color, a color index would be helpful. Similarly, multiple indexes would aid patrons looking for a particular type of rose, such as a climbing rose or a rose with certain properties, such as fragrance or resistance to disease. Some additional cross-references would help with American names of foreign roses such as New Zealand's Land of the Long White Cloud (known as Full Sail in the U.S.). These lapses aside, this is an excellent resource about roses. It will delight gardeners whether they wish to find information or merely browse and is highly recommended for both public and academic libraries. -- RBB Copyright 2004 Booklist

Choice Review

The Quest-Ritsons' substantial resource is an authoritative guide to choosing and growing roses. The first section provides a brief history of the rose--its origins and development throughout the centuries--and describes the various types and groups of roses cultivated worldwide. The 400-page main section is a detailed alphabetical catalog of almost 2,000 rose species and cultivars available worldwide. Individual roses are listed alphabetically by name; each entry includes a color photograph, a description of the growing habits, cultivation needs, and breeding, and an explanation of the origin of the rose's unique name. Sidebars identify people and places of interest throughout the rose world; e.g., breeders and renowned or historic rose gardens. The final ten pages provide practical, straightforward advice on the care of roses, from choosing and buying to planting, pruning, propagating, feeding, watering, and keeping them disease-free. Appendixes include a glossary, a general and species index, and lists of Web sites and international rose societies. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Large horticultural collections and nonprofessional practitioners. A. E. Bonnette University of Louisiana at Lafayette