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Encyclopedia of Hydrangeas

By C. J. van Gelderen and D. M. van Gelderen

The ultimate authoritative book for this beloved, colorful, blooming addition to many gardens.

National Gardener

Famed for their durability, beauty, and diversity, hydrangeas are enjoying a renaissance in today's gardens. These classic garden shrubs provide bold color — from pink to purple, blue to white — in midsummer to midautumn, when few other plants are in bloom. Many hundreds of dramatic species, hybrids, and horticultural selections are available to the enthusiast to fill every possible niche in the garden. For the first time, a thorough encyclopedia shows in full color the range of flowering treasures available. With complete information on cultivation, propagation, and pests and diseases, The Encyclopedia of Hydrangeas promises to help every discerning gardener ensure planting success. Lavishly illustrated with approximately 800 photographs, the concise descriptions present more than 1000 hydrangea species, subspecies, varieties, and cultivars. All types of hydrangeas are included, from blousy mopheads to delicate lacecaps, from oakleafs to climbers. This incredible resource provides gardeners with the tools needed to discover the many true gems in this lovely group of plants.

Media reviews

"Concise and extremely informative entries on the history, taxonomy, and general cultivation of the genus."

—Dan Hinkley, Pacific Horticulture

"The hydrangea devotee will delight at discovering the astounding variety and beauty of hydrangeas available, done justice by the books plentiful color photos and detailed descriptions."

—Valerie Easton, Horticulture

"The smitten will welcome this compendium of solid information and luscious photographs."

—Diane M. Calabrese, American Reference Books Annual

"This resource provides gardeners with the tools needed to discover the many true gems in this lovely group of plants ... written for connoisseurs and beginning gardeners alike."

Michigan Gardener

"Those with a passion for, or wishing to know all there is to know about this genus, will find [this book] a very worthwhile investment, as every known aspect of the culture is covered in great depth."

—John E. Bryan, Gardening Newsletter

"This book is a marvelous resource that encourages gardeners to discover the many gems in this lovely group of plants."

—Sarah Robertson, Albany Democrat-Herald

"This reference guide is a valuable tool for selection and identification, as well as a beautifully photographed review of more than 1,000 species, subspecies, varieties and cultivars."

—Mary Ann Fink, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"This magnum opus is illustrated with almost 800 photographs and detailed descriptions of over 1,000 hydrangeas."

—Paul E. Rogers, Worcester Telegram and Gazette

"This resource would prove useful both to casual gardeners and serious botanists."

—R. L. Krajewski, Choice

"Encyclopedia of Hydrangeas is the ultimate authoritative book for this beloved, colorful, blooming addition to many gardens."

—Joanne S. Carpender, National Gardener

"It is an important resource for the plant collector as well as the gardener who wants to learn more about the latest forms of the genus. [This book] should be in every serious gardener's reference collection."

—Rosemarie Papayanopulos, Long Island Horticultural Society Journal

"The wonderful thing about this book on hydrangeas is the huge number of species and cultivars covered, each with a goodly amount of descriptive material. This is like a huge candy store, each picture tempting you into searching for this plant."

—Dorothy Rodal, Hardy Plant Society of Oregon Bulletin

"Combined with recommendations based on the authors' experience in their family-run nursery, this resource provides gardeners with the tools needed to discover the many true gems in this lovely group of plants."

Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes

"Remarkable."

—Sarah Robertson, Eugene Register-Guard

"Those with a passion for, or wishing to know all there is to know about this genus, will find such a sum a very worthwhile investment as every known aspect of the culture is covered in great depth and is very well written."

—John E. Bryan, Gardening Newsletter

About the authors

C. J. van Gelderen

C. J. van Gelderen works in the family nursery, Firma C. Esveld in Boskoop, one of the world's great specialist nurseries, famous for its conifers, maples, rhododendrons, and other woody plants.

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D. M. van Gelderen

D. M. van Gelderen is the principal author of several books on trees and shrubs. In 2000, he was named "Officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau" by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, in recognition of his work for the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society and his contribution to horticultural literature.

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