How about some book notes?

Max Withers
Mon, 16 Nov 2009 20:16:42 PST
It's true that I was not particularly enthusiastic about Anna Pavord when I
mentioned her book, mostly because it is indeed a coffee table book, in the
familiar form of a plant encylopedia, but in no way as comprehensive as John
Bryan's book, which I imagine most serious bulb gardeners own. It might be
just the thing for more casual bulb growers, though, particularly in the UK.

If you're not familiar with Pavord, she writes for the Independent:…

Although it pains me to recommend a website in lieu of a book, the best hing
I have read this year is the Biodiversity Heritage Library. A joint project
of several libraries including MOBOT, Kew, and NYBG, it has many texts of
horticultural interest that are difficult to find in printed form these
days. The scans are by Internet Archive, which I find generally superior to
Google Books (and the involvement of actual librarians ensures enough
metadata to find what you are looking for). It is easier to navigate than
MOBOT's previous efforts along these lines. I'm currently enjoying Reginald
Farrer's Alpin Plants, or trying to in electronic form. Now, if only someone
could figure out how to make reading a book on a computer less irritating...

Max Withers
Oakland CA

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Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2009 14:16:29 -0800
From: Jane McGary <>
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I'm helping obtain copy for our PBS newsletter, the Bulb Garden, and
would like to include some brief reviews of recently published books
about bulbs.

If you'd like to say something about some recent title, please either
post it here with the understanding that it will be published in the
newsletter, or send it directly to me.

The only new book I've noticed is Anna Pavord's new coffee-table book
on bulbs, which was mentioned without much enthusiasm in this forum a
while ago.

Thanks much,
Jane McGary

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