This intensely practical account drawn from the long experience of Robin White has been eagerly awaited by Daphne enthusiasts and collectors. Acute observation of the growth, flowering characteristics, and foibles of daphnes documented here will be studied and taken up by gardeners everywhere. A diverse genus, Daphne has a wide distribution ensuring suitable candidates for a variety of garden situations including shade positions, sunny borders, raised beds, containers, and rock gardens.
Robin White is a nurseryman with over 30 years' experience growing and breeding Daphne. He has co-written (with Chris Brickell) a series of four articles on Daphne for The New Plantsman and has written articles on Epimedium for The Garden and Garten Praxis magazines. He is acknowledged to be a leading expert on daphnes in the U.K. and has bred many important hybrids. He received a diploma in general horticulture from the Essex Institute of Agriculture as well as a National Diploma in Horticulture from the Royal Horticultural Society. In 1976, he and his wife opened their own nursery, and they moved to their present site of Blackthorn Nursery in Hampshire in 1984. His displays at gardening shows have earned him several medals and awards.
We are lucky to finally have this book which is [a] must for every daphne grower. It is the daphne reference book. -- Darrel Trout Daphne Society Newsletter 20060101 A thorough, well-photographed guide to these supremely fragrant shrubs that will appeal to beginning gardeners as well as pros. -- Valerie Easton Seattle Times 20060121 Encourages gardeners to plant away, assuring us that all the rumors of cantankerous and finicky daphnes have been greatly exaggerated. -- Joan Morris Contra Costa Times 20060204 Robin White has very effectively blended his long experience of growing, propagating and observing daphnes in this excellent and very informative book that will prove an invaluable aid to all gardeners. Rainy Side Gardeners 20060508 As straightforward and helpful in its text as it is alluringly attractive in its photography (from its jacket to its comprehensive photos within). -- Peter Kendall American Rhododendron Society Journal 20070701 A great help in unlocking the cultural needs of this devilish genus. ... Robin White's writing is clear, informative, and of value to gardeners at any level. ... For those who have failed before in cultivating daphnes, this book will have them drooling to give daphnes another try. -- Richie Steffen Pacific Horticulture 20080101