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The Color Encyclopedia of Hostas

By Diana Grenfell and Michael Shadrack

Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales

Grenfell's hostas knowledge and Shadrack's striking photographs combine to make this the definitive volume.

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Hostas are consistently voted the gardener's favorite perennial — their clean lines, sumptuous leaves, and elegant flowers offer great potential for striking specimen plantings and also make them the most accommodating of companion plants. The core of this encyclopedia is a fully illustrated collection of the world's finest hostas. This valuable resource provides a full description and color photograph for more than 750 plants. Informative sections on hosta classification and botany, gardening ideas, advice on pests and diseases, and a quick-reference list of the best hostas for different purposes add depth to this comprehensive review of the present-day hosta.

Awards for this book: Garden Writers' Guild Book Award

Media reviews

"Grenfell ... has produced a worthy reference for readers on both continents."

—Carol Bishop Miller, Horticulture

"This well-illustrated encyclopedia contains color photographs of over 750 of the finest hosta varieties. Grenfell's hostas knowledge and Shadrack's striking photographs combine to make this the definitive volume."

—M.S. Muskiewicz, Choice

"Gardeners will appreciate that this book is written for them, not for botanists or taxonomists, as shown by the arrangement by leaf color."

—Valerie Easton, Seattle Times

"The authors have impeccable credentials ... Gardeners will appreciate that this book is written for them."

—Valerie Easton, Seattle Times

"Informative sections on hosta classifications, botany, gardening ideas, advice on pests and diseases, and a quick-reference list of the best hostas for different purposes add depth to this comprehensive review of the present-day hosta."

Rainy Side Gardeners

"A spectacular pictorial study of the hosta, this reasonably priced compendium offers excellent photography of plants in myriad settings."

—Mary Ellen Snodgrass, American Reference Books Annual

" The Color Encyclopedia of Hostas is worthy of praise ... this book likely will bring pleasure and serve as a useful reference."

—Ernest Flippo, Hosta Journal

"Terrific color photographs and concise descriptive paragraphs allow readers to judge and select plants for a variety of specific sites."

—Sarah Robertson, Albany Democrat-Herald

"A must-have for any serious student of hostas."

—Suzanne Hively, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"For you hostaphiles this is the book you have been waiting for and now the wait is over! For others who are more than just admirers of hista, this book is for you too."

—George Graine, Shady Business

"They [the authors] have produced an authoritative guide to the hardy, sturdy plant that nearly everybody seems to have at least a few of (some have hundreds)."

—Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune

"Here you'll find detailed information on flower color, form and size, as well as all those incredible leaf variations."

—John Van de Water, Newark Star-Ledger

"With the aid of this book the gardener can extend the types of hostas used throughout the landscape design beyond the few types once available."

—Joanne S. Carpender, National Gardener

"Shadrack's sumptuous photographs form a bright centerpiece for this comprehensive guide."

Publishers Weekly

"This illustrated collection features 750 varieties of hostas ... In entries organized by color, hosta specialist Grenfell reviews the special needs and features of each, also offering advice on designing beds and containers and combating pests and diseases."

Publishers Weekly

"Some hosta collectors have called this book the definitive book on hostas. ... The photos of this book alone make the purchase worthwhile. Every collector of hostas must have this book in his or her library."

—Len Philips, Hosta Magazine

"There can't be a more ringing endorsement for a book than to have HRH The Prince of Wales commend it to readers."

—Janine Wookey, English Garden

"Valuable resource."

Michigan Gardener

"The book hosta aficionados have been waiting for—one in which each entry is accompanied by both a description and a full color photograph."

—Ethel Fried, Manchester (CT) Journal Inquirer

"Worth owning."

Avant Gardener

"Gardeners who love hostas, and I know there are a lot of you out there who really love these magnificent plants for the shade, will appreciate this complete and well-organized encyclopedia."

—Nancy Brachey, Charlotte Observer

About the authors

Diana Grenfell

Diana Grenfell is co-founder of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society and a life member of the American Hosta Society. With her husband, Roger Grounds, she is former co-owner of Apple Court, a British nursery specializing in hostas, daylilies, and grasses. Diana has done much to raise the profile of hostas throughout the world, broadcasting, lecturing, and writing many authoritative books and articles on the plant.

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Michael Shadrack

Michael Shadrack is a photographer with more than six thousand hosta images in his library. He is an active member of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society and the American Hosta Society, and has assumed leadership roles in both organizations. Michael regularly lectures on hostas in North America and Europe, and is an avid hybridizer as well.

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