416 pages, Col photos, line drawings, maps
First published in 1988 by award-winning American hybridizer Reverend John Fiala, this unique reference quickly became known worldwide as the lilac lovers' bible. The latest revision combines Fiala's passion for lilacs with the expertise of Canadian plantsman Freek Vrugtman, the international lilac registrar.
The new edition provides up-to-date information on the 21 known lilac species and 10 natural hybrids, as well as hundreds of the 2000 named cultivars. Five hundred colour photos have been added, including some which show the newest introductions from Russia and Poland. The text addresses practical concerns of selecting, growing, propagating, and using lilacs in the landscape, alone or with companion plants. It also provides fascinating details of the history, origin, and discovery of the species and of the people behind the development of the cultivars. A new chapter on lilacs in art and crafts and an updated list of places where lilacs can be viewed and celebrated complete this rich resource.
A thorough treatment of the Lilac genus and a must-have for anyone interested in these plants. -- Robert Haehle South Florida Sun-Sentinel 20080801 Vrugtman has succeeded in beautifully updating an essential volume. There are important changes in classifications listed in the new version, and it is a must-have. ... The pictures themselves are so gorgeous they conjure up the exquisite aroma. -- Renee E. D'Aoust Idaho Farm Bureau Quarterly 20081001 Specialist [this book] may be, but it's good to know [it's] there as a source to be consulted, say, on breeding or propagation, as well as the different species themselves. -- Stephen Anderton Times (London) 20081204 Do not let the encyclopedic nature of the book intimidate you - this is no dry read ... For the cultivar descriptions, the accompanying photos, the updated taxonomic treatment, and the history and tales, this is a book that belongs on every lilac lover's bookshelf. -- Stan C. Hokanson American Gardener 20090101 One test of a good book is that it inspires, and this one has certainly persuaded me to plant more lilacs. -- Martyn Rix BBC Gardens 20090201 Fiala will forever be linked to American lilacs, and his book is an essential legacy for anyone who loves these shrubs. -- Maureen Gilmer Evansville Courier and Press 20090401
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