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Daffodil: The Remarkable Story of the World's Most Popular Spring Flower

By Noel Kingsbury

Photographs by Jo Whitworth

A delightful book for almost any gardener, and a wonderful resource for designers who are looking for something different.

Garden Design Online

There is no harbinger of spring like a field or garden filled with bright yellow daffodils. But the world of the daffodil is much more than just its place in the march of the seasons. It's a plant whose history starts with the tombs of the Pharaohs and leads to the current explosion of varieties from plant breeders seeking new colors, fragrances, and forms.

Daffodil reveals a global plant infatuation that has led to more than 25,000 cultivars available in nearly every shade of yellow (and now pink, orange, and white). Noel Kingsbury tells the tale through an engaging narrative history and plant portraits that highlight more than 200 varieties. Jo Whitworth's revealing photography shows a side of the daffodil rarely seen. Plant lovers will relish the stories, while gardeners will cherish the cultivation notes, plant descriptions, and recommendations.

Media reviews

"Everything one needs to know about the species is covered. ... With color photography by Jo Whitworth on every page, the book explains the daffodil's early history ... and spread around the world."

Desert Exposure

"A fascinating, up-beat book with floral sunshine on every page. One you will look at again and again."

—Matthew Biggs, Gardens Illustrated

"Here's what there is to love: History, science, botany, yummy photos, explanation of the divisions, how daffodils moved across Britain, the U.S., New Zealand and Australia, shows and judging. ... This is a charming, informative and beautiful book!"

—Martha Stoodley, AllTheDirtOnGardening.com

"Richly illustrated. ... A thorough treatment of the reliable spring flower. Kingsbury delves into its history and the origins of its name, explores the follower's symbolism and explains its life cycle."

Akron Beacon Journal

"A delightful book for almost any gardener, and a wonderful resource for designers who are looking for something different."

—Jane Berger, Garden Design Online

About the author

Noel Kingsbury

Noel Kingsbury is a well-known designer, commentator, and writer on plants, gardens, landscape, and the environment. A a passionate advocate for sustainable plant combinations, he trials plants and gardens at his home on the border between England and Wales and travels widely.

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