"What's in a name?" Shakespeare asked. But what did he call a rose? Was the flower the ancient Persians called gul the same rose that Shakespeare knew? Was he talking about the Damask rose? Or the Apothecary rose? From Baby Blue Eyes to Silver Bells, from Abelia to Zinnia, this fascinating book presents the histories and origins of the names of 100 garden favorites. 100 two-color illustrations.
|Publisher:||Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Diana Wells is the author of 100 Birds and How They Got Their Names and 100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names, has written for Friends Journal, and is contributing editor of the journal Greenprints. Born in Jerusalem, she has lived in England and Italy and holds an honors degree in history from Oxford University. She now lives with her husband on a farm in Pennsylvania.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you are interested in the origins of names, you will thrive on the information in this book. The pages are illustrated by Ippy Patterson and the cover itself it just beautiful. If you love flowers, you will enjoy learning about abelias, zinnias, roses, etc. The fascinating stories behind the flowers names will intrigue you. You will learn about the origins, hybridizations, and migrations of your favorite floral beauties. This is a horticulture history and a journey into myths and folklore. If you love gardening, this will open your eyes to the history behind all the plants in your garden. Now you will not only know the names, the flowers will now each have a story to tell. Some helpful gardening advice is also included. You will also learn why Empress Josephine carried a rose, which flower Thomas Jefferson was afraid to plant at Monticello and what the connection is between Queen Victoria, the Amazons and water lilies. This delightfully illustrated hardcover book presents 100 well-known garden favorites. I hope that they will keep expanding this book to include even more stories of all our favorite flowers.
This book was insightful. It gave a lot of information, but it lacked energy. It was a small book with no color pictures. It was not hard to put it down after reading about a couple of flowers.