"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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 280 pages, 100 2-colour illustrations
- Publisher: Workman Publishing
- Publication Date: 04/03/1999
- Category: Reference works
- ISBN: 9781565121386
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Review by WeeziesBooks
This delightful little book tells the historical and scientific stories of 100 flowers from abelia to zinnia. You learn that african violets were sent to Europe in 1892 whereas begonias did not become an important garden flower until the nineteenth century. Chrysanthemums symbolized a scholar in retirement and were considered a "noble plant." The short stories tell of the struggles of the botanists, herbalists and rulers that saved, propagated and found new homes for many of the flowers we know today. There is only a simple drawing of each flower but the information is full of words that paint the stories in full color. A small gem of a book.