228 pages, 218 col photos
The Jade Garden is an authoritative guide to 130 of the most fascinating yet little-known ornamental trees, shrubs, and perennials from "the green mantle" of Asia. Based on detailed research and observation at one of the largest and oldest collections of Asian plants in North America, the subjects of this book were chosen for their superior garden qualities, their rarity in everyday horticulture, and their commercial availability. Although plants included are from the "cutting edge" of plant exploration and discovery, the authors have included only those selections that have undergone thorough evaluation at the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden for hardiness and garden appeal.
Calling upon their vast knowledge of Asian perennials, shrubs and trees, the authors have compiled an encyclopedic guide to a bevy of garden-worthy specimens. This valuable resource on cutting-edge Asian species includes photographs of plants in the wild as well as detailed shots of alluring characteristics. -- Alice Joyce Booklist 20050601 An authoritative, groundbreaking work that will delight horticulture connoisseurs and those interested in Asian flora and natural history. -- Brian Lym Library Journal 20050615 A Treat for the serious gardener. -- Dan Hays Salem Statesman Journal 20050731 A jewel box of suggestions. -- Jill Sell Cleveland Plain Dealer 20051015 A clever and highly recommended book for garden enthusiasts wishing to increase their knowledge of Asian vegetation. -- John Bagnasco Garden Compass 20060301 The very informative descriptions often cover a variety of subjects, including details on where the plant was found, its unique morphological characteristics, its growth over time in the botanical garden and taxonomic considerations where controversies exist. -- Joanne Sharpe Plant Science Bulletin 20060101 The Jade Garden will appeal not only to gardeners with dirt under their fingernails and a hankering for the exotic in the backyard, but also to the armchair gardener and traveler. -- Josephine Bridges Asian Reporter 20060613 An authoritative guide to 150 of the most fascinating yet little-known ornamental trees, shrubs and perennials from 'the green mantle' of Asia. The Professional Gardener 20060101
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Peter Wharton has been curator since 1975 of the David C. Lam Asian Garden, a component of the University of British Columbia (UBC) Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research. Brent Hine has been curator of the E. H. Lohbrunner Alpine Garden at the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research since 1997. Douglas Justice is associate director and curator of collections at the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research.