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Stirling Macoboy's book has become a classic among rose lovers, not just for its beautiful pictures and comprehensive coverage, but also thanks to its author's good-humoured and opinionated observations and selections. Out of tens of thousands of rose varieties, he chose 1,500 for this definitive book.
The new edition includes 300 varieties that were not in the previous one, selected for their beauty, fragrance, hardiness and popularity, as well as new chapters on the history of the rose, the renaissance of garden roses, climbers and ramblers and great rose gardens of the world. This is in addition to updated chapters on the classification of roses, wild roses, old garden roses, modern roses, miniatures and multi-floras, rose cultivation, special roses and rose breeders, as well as a glossary and bibliography. The 2,000 colour photographs include all of the varieties named in the book.