The Ultimate Rose Book

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The spectacularly successful Ultimate Rose Book is back in a thoroughly updated and revised edition. Rosarian Stirling Macoboy's book is a classic, not just for its beautiful pictures and comprehensive coverage, but also for its author's good-humored, opinionated observations and his selection of 1,500 rose varieties to feature out of tens of thousands.

The expanded edition features 300 new varieties, selected for their beauty, fragrance, ...
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Overview

The spectacularly successful Ultimate Rose Book is back in a thoroughly updated and revised edition. Rosarian Stirling Macoboy's book is a classic, not just for its beautiful pictures and comprehensive coverage, but also for its author's good-humored, opinionated observations and his selection of 1,500 rose varieties to feature out of tens of thousands.

The expanded edition features 300 new varieties, selected for their beauty, fragrance, hardiness, and popularity, as well as new features on the history of the rose, the renaissance of garden roses, climbers, and ramblers, and great rose gardens of the world. There are also updated chapters on the classification of roses, as well as a glossary and bibliography. The 2,000 color photographs include the varieties named in the book.

An indispensable reference that possesses visual beauty and literary wit and soul, The Ultimate Rose Book is for gardeners and rose lovers everywhere.

This beautiful book features more than 1,500 roses of all types from all over the world. History and how-to text accompany more than 1,650 full-color photographs--the result of years of research and travel by a descendant of the author of the 1783 classic The English Garden.

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This massive volume by world-renowned horticulturist Macoboy is encyclopedic in scope, portraying over 1500 roses selected for their beauty, fragrance, and popularity. Although it contains brief information on rose cultivation and a scattering of features on such subjects as the rose in music, the heart of the book is the three alphabetical sections describing individual roses. The author uses the 1979 classification of the World Federation of Rose Societies; his main categories are wild roses, modern and old garden roses grouped together, and miniatures. Each entry includes a color photograph; information on the rose's history, cultivation, and parentage; and whether it is repeat flowering or fragrant. Roses are listed according to the name under which they were first released; the index provides access by later names. Beautiful to look at, this book will be most useful to readers looking for more information about varieties than is provided in growers' catalogs. Recommended for large or specialized collections.-- Molly Newling, Piscataway P.L., N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810994102
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Edition description: ENL
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 13.52 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 1.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Stirling Macoboy, who died in 2005, had a rich life in horticulture that took him around the world from his native Australia. He was the author and photographer of more than forty books on gardening.

Tommy Cairns is a frequent contributor to rose publications, including Botanica's Roses and All About Roses, and is co-author of Ortho's Complete Guide to Roses (2004). The Scottish-born Cairns lives in Studio City, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2010

    If I could only have 1 rose book, this would be it

    After copying notes from this book over many visits to Barnes & Nobles, I finally saved up the purchase price and hauled the treasured object home. I am not a rosarian, but this book has almost turned me into one. I have several roses that I have enjoyed over the years, and it was very satisfying to read of their history, and cultural requirements. Very few roses are not listed and discussed intelligently in this tome. I feel like a kid again , and can sit and go through this book for great lengths of time. It is useful, as well as having luscious photos. I would buy it again!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2001

    Definitely one of my favorite rose books.

    BEAUTIFUL, big pictures of every rose in the book with a paragraph containing helpful details of each rose's qualities. If you love roses, this book is a 'must have'!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 1999

    An incredible, beautiful book!

    This book is a must for any rose-lover. I've owned a copy for a few years now, and I can still find myself lost within the beauty of its pages. It's a fantastic addition to any coffee table, too. Non-gardening friends even pick it up and get absorbed. The photography is stunning, guaranteed to elicit more than a few oohs and aahs. And it includes great articles about the history of the rose in Christianity, Islam, the search for the fabled blue rose and more. Also contains information about the roses which is very helpful to the collector: where they grow well, problem areas, general health of the plant, etc. This is a purchase you won't regret, because it won't sit on the shelf.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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