By: Rosemary FitzGerald(Author)
192 pages, 221 colour photographs, 7 b/w illustrations
Britain and Ireland have fascinating and beautiful wild flowers, but many gardeners are unfamiliar with this precious resource. A Gardener's Guide to Native Plants of Britain and Ireland is designed to introduce some of our native plants, revealing them as useful, charming, disease-resistant and hardworking additions to conventional gardens, rather than as threatening weeds.
Written with infectious enthusiasm by a professional field researcher, it celebrates the remarkable qualities of our native plants, and describes their close involvement in our own heritage in the hope that revealing their rich history may help secure them a place in the future.
- Over 200 of the most rewarding and easily grown of our wild flowers are featured, their needs and habits explained, and their cultural and historical significance noted
- Suggestions are given for their individual use in gardens, so that they may contribute to and enhance even conventional settings
- Warnings are included about plants that may behave too wildly
- Species accounts are organised into chapters focusing on the seasons when the plants have their greatest garden value
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Rosemary FitzGerald has spent her life immersed in wild flowers, a love beginning in early childhood eventually leading to a career as a professional botanist and researcher, working across Britain and Ireland. She has also run a small nursery with stocks including plants and their garden varieties on the West Somerset coast, where she now works as a garden consultant.
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