Gardeners who delight in these comely flowers will find the book most informative. -- George Cohen Booklist 20050801 This is a top-notch handbook with glorious photographs from the Edinburgh garden, a comprehensive bibliography, and taxa index, written by a man who loves botany and knows the rhododendron very, very well. -- Christine Anne Sharkey Biology Digest 20060301 For the average enthusiast, this is a very useful manual; its value is in its clear organization and the logical presentation of data. It is a modern, botanically based identification guide that will be widely understood and consulted often. -- Douglas Justice American Rhododendron Society Journal 20060401 This authoritative reference offers keys to identifying 295 species in cultivation. -- Shannon Hendrickson SciTech Book News 20060701 The detailed text, clear uncluttered layout and sharp colour photographs throughout will make this an indispensable and practical reference book. Plant Network 20051201
For the enthusiastic amateur or experienced rhododendron grower, this landmark reference provides the keys to the accurate identification of the nearly 300 rhododendron species widely in cultivation. An extensive introduction places the work in context as it examines the history of Rhododendron classification and gives a full survey of plant structures throughout the many species. Species are fully described, including complete citations of previous references and notes on the occurrence of wild-origin specimens in cultivation. Beautiful photographs include close-up shots of flower and leaf, microscope images of leaf surfaces, and easy-to-use diagnostic keys, making this the indisputable volume for plant identification.