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Tulips: Species and Hybrids for the Gardener

Out of Print
By: Richard Wilford
212 pages, 103 colour photos, maps
Publisher: Timber Press
Tulips: Species and Hybrids for the Gardener
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  • Tulips: Species and Hybrids for the Gardener ISBN: 9780881927634 Hardback Feb 2006 Out of Print #157236
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Species tulips are becoming more widely available as gardeners wake up to their elegant shapes, vibrant-colored flowers, and suitability for growing in containers, raised beds, and rock gardens. Unlike garden hybrids, species tulips will flower each year without being replaced and will even colonize under the right conditions. Wilford's experience of growing tulips at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, informs his excellent cultivation advice. Comprehensive descriptions of gardenworthy species and lesser-known rarities will appeal to tulip and bulb collectors, rock garden enthusiasts, and keen gardeners, inspiring closer investigation of this increasingly popular plant group.

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Richard Wilford has worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, for 17 years and is currently the collections manager responsible for alpines, bulbs, and herbaceous perennials. For more than six years he looked after the extensive bulb collection in Kew's Alpine Nursery, including the cultivation and propagation of the tulip collection. He then moved to the Rock Garden, growing a range of alpines and bulbs planted in the open. Richard has written articles for a range of publications as well as a book about alpine and bulbous plants that have been featured in Curtis's Botanical Magazine, where he serves on the editorial committee.
Out of Print
By: Richard Wilford
212 pages, 103 colour photos, maps
Publisher: Timber Press
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A beautifully illustrated, comprehensively knowledgeable, professionally informative, in-depth introduction to the many varying species of [this] delicate and powerful flower. ... Recommended to all readers with an interest in growing tulips and in need of the ultimate guide to their numerous variations. Midwest Book Review 20060401 Offers a captivating introduction to the charms of species tulips including expert advice on growing them in containers and the open garden. ... The information contained in this volume will enhance any gardener's library. -- Carolyn Muse Grant Southern Nevada Home & Garden 20060401 I'm very glad indeed that Wilford has written this book. It was sorely needed. -- Jane McGary Rock Garden Quarterly 20060101 Tulips contains a wealth of useful information on how to select and grow these most popular of bulbs. It would make a great companion to use in conjunction with photo-laden bulb catalogs. -- Valerie Easton Seattle Times 20060215 Wilford's experience with tulips is vast, and his confident prose takes the reader by the hand and gently leads the curious into the wild world of this familiar perennial. Biology Digest 20060401 This book will be welcomed by gardeners who want to learn more about the origins and cultivation of the many species of tulips. ... With such enticing photographs, it will be hard for gardeners to resist trying a few of the species. -- Trevor Nottle Pacific Horticulture 20061001 Full of information for botanical explanation, exploration, and practical gardening [and] a visual delight. -- Ann Schrader Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 20071001
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