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The Protea Book: A Guide to Cultivated Proteaceae

By Lewis J. Matthews

Matthews has fulfilled a great need.

National Gardener

This spectacular guidebook details most of the cultivated members of this intriguing family, from Banksia to Grevillea to Mimetes, not just the single genus Protea. The author's expertise and lifelong passion for proteas is clear in both the text descriptions and photographs accompanying these entries. Essential advice on cultivation, propagation, and garden uses helps readers in the pursuit of growing their own proteas, and a section on commercial cut flower production previews a future of exciting new varieties.

Media reviews

"Matthews has fulfilled a great need."

—Joanne S. Carpender, National Gardener

"Matthews has fulfilled a great need to identify these plants with beautiful photographs. The reader will be amazed at the number, beauty, size, and shape of these plants, and floral designers can find inspiration or grow a wider variety of them for distinguished and beautiful, long-lasting arrangements."

—Joanne S. Carpender, National Gardener

"Protea specialist Lewis Matthews offers a valuable and much-needed treatment of the family Proteeaceae."

SciTech Book News

"This wonderful book on the plant family Proteaceae is worth the price for the lavish color plates alone, but this volume has far more to offer than just terrific photography ... This book is recommended."

—Paul Mogren, American Reference Books Annual

"Lewis Matthews' book covers more than just the single genus Protea: it is a comprehensive work on the family Proteaceae. Informative and easy to read, The Protea Book is written in a clear and concise style, and suitable for beginners and experts alike ... Overall, this is a book to be recommended."

—Brian Hiley, Garden (Peterborough)

"Essential advice on cultivation, propagation, and garden uses help the reader in the pursuit of growing their own proteas, and a section on commercial cut flower production previews a future of exciting new varieties."

—John Schmitz, Capital Press

"Offers outstanding color-illustrated descriptions of more than 250 taxa or cultivars that are in cultivation."

Choice

"Gardeners wishing to take on the challenge of growing these unusual plants in their own gardens will profit from Matthews' decades of esperience, translated here into savvy counsel on plant culture and helpful suggestions for using proteas in the landscape."

—Alice Joyce, Booklist

"Matthews has fulfilled a great need to identify these plants in this book with beautiful photographs ... Growers of proteaaceae will benefit by his expertise and advice."

—Joanne S. Carpender, National Gardener

"Lewis Matthews [is] an expert in South African and New Zealand plants."

Florist and Wholesale Buyer

"Matthews' expertise and lifelong passion for proteas are clear in both the text descriptions and photographs accompanying these entries. He provides essential advice."

Biology Digest

"The book to have in your library for those who have even a passing interest in proteas."

—Ray Gray, Cut Flower Quarterly

"Detailed descriptions, photographs, and variety information for the most important cultivated species."

FloraCulture International

"This is a must book for anyone interested in Proteas."

Sida, Contributions to Botany

"The photographs are the star performers. Page after page of beautiful pictures make [this book] worth owning. In practical terms, the cultivation notes and propagation information are excellent."

—William Grant, University of California at Santa Cruz Arboretum Bulletin

About the author

Lewis J. Matthews

Lewis J. Matthews ran a well-known protea nursery and cut-flower business for 21 years. He is the author of five books, and his articles and photographs are often seen in the New Zealand Gardener. Matthews is also the expert advisor on proteaceous plants to the Plant Variety Rights Office of the New Zealand Ministery of Commerce.

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