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Field / Identification Guide Handbook / Manual SPECIAL OFFER
By: Paul Cappiello and Don Shadow
224 pages, 3 illus, 261 col photos
Publisher: Timber Press
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Dogwood trees and shrubs are unquestionably among the superstars of the ornamental garden. Given the huge popularity of dogwoods as garden plants, not to mention the hundreds of choice selections and hybrids that have come to prominence in recent decades, it is surprising that there has never been a horticultural book on the genus. Paul Cappiello fills this longstanding gap with this definitive treatment for gardeners and enthusiasts. Providing a solid overview of all dogwoods of horticultural merit, the author provides more than two hundred photos to help with identification and plant selection. He provides helpful details on cultivation, combating pests and diseases, and the fundamentals of breeding and selection.

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Paul Cappiello is executive director of Yew Dell Gardens in Crestwood, Kentucky (USA). He lives in rural Kentucky. Don Shadow is owner of Shadow Nursery, a wholesale nursery in Winchester, Tennessee (USA). He has received the Medal of Honor of the Garden Club of America (1989) and the Individual Commercial Award of the American Horticultural Society (1993).

Field / Identification Guide Handbook / Manual SPECIAL OFFER
By: Paul Cappiello and Don Shadow
224 pages, 3 illus, 261 col photos
Publisher: Timber Press
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is almost an over-the-rainbow sort of listing, spanning five groups from ground covers and shrubs to trees. The book, with pictures taken mostly by Cappiello, offers the adventuresome gardener a lifetime of possibilities to plant. -- Diane Heilenman Louisville Courier-Journal 20050315 This book should be a bible for nurserymen and a source of fascination and information for the gardener. -- Bill Andrus East Oregonian 20050327 Dogwoods is the perfect guidebook for determining the type of dogwood best suited for one's garden and highly recommended for anyone interested in cultivating these beautiful plants. A highly informative species-by-species detail, intended especially for gardeners but accessible to lay readers as well. Library Bookwatch 20050520 A wonderful new book... [with] hundreds of pictures. -- Joan Lowell Smith Newark Star-Ledger 20050515 A book for both the serious student and interested gardener... beautiful, well written, and quite comprehensive. -- Jeneen Wiche Shelbyville Sentinel-News 20050601 Beneath each species, Cappeillo and Shadow alphabetically arrange the plant's cultivars, forms, and varieties... this wealth of information is accompanied by 238 stunning color photographs. -- George Cohen Booklist 20050315 Shadow and Cappiello demonstrate how much Dogwoods can do and outline requirements for these versatile plants. Design NJ 20050711 It is a well researched and complete text for professionals and homeowners. -- Joel M. Lerner Washington Post 20050725 The strength of this book is the excellent detailed description of the many different plants in each of the categories. They mince no words when describing the plants...I should have owned this book 50 years ago. -- Dorothy Rodal Hardy Plant Society of Oregon Bulletin 20050823 The book will appeal to a wide range of plants people, from professional nurserymen to amateur gardeners. The writing is warm, personable and friendly-yet packed with...useful horticultural knowledge. -- Mary Tucker Nativescape 20050913 Particularly valuable for its description and illustration of so many named forms, particularly of Cornus kousa, C. florida, and their hybrids ... a very good introduction to the genus. -- Martyn Rix International Dendrology Society Yearbook 20040101 A ground-breaking and worthy text. -- Dick Bir American Gardener 20050901 The book is beautifully photographed, with excellent pictures to help the gardener discern types of dogwoods just by looking. -- Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp Indianapolis Star 20051008 It is obvious this book will be referred to time and time again to diagnose any problems I encounter with the genus. Nurserymen, landscape architects, in fact all who come into contact or grow these plants will find this book an essential one to have and refer to it, over and over again. I am so pleased to have a copy. -- John E. Bryan Gardening Newsletter 20051001 This long-needed work brings us up to speed on the latest and best cultivars emerging from dogwood breeding programs across the country and around the world. Horticulture 20051101 If you are a dogwood collector this is a must book for you. -- George Graine Virginia Master Gardeners Association Report 20050101 I started out reading this book in a precursory fashion to write a review, i.e. not reading all; then I found myself reading large sections, addicted to the mention of the greats. HortMemo 20050929 An unprecedented guide to the diversity of plants available in nurseries today. Written in engaging and informative prose, this book will be treasured by generations of gardeners. Rainy Side Gardeners 20060508 You'll find practical advice for growing dogwoods as well as a mind-blowing variety of them in [this] dauntingly thorough book. -- Valerie Easton Seattle Times 20060519

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