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The Genus Paeonia

By Josef J. Halda, Josef J. Halda, James W. Waddick, and James W. Waddick

Botanical illustrations by Jarmila Haldová

The perfect mix of art and science.

SIDA

Twenty-five species of the genus Paeonia are documented in these pages, including 40 subspecies and varieties. Also included herein is the closely related genus Glaucidium. With only two species, it will be of intense interest to peony fanciers. Waddick provides valuable information on growing peony species, with a full account of soil considerations, hardiness, propagation, and diseases and pests. The text is graced with stunning botanical paintings. Sponsored by the Heartland Peony Society, which helped fund its publication, The Genus Paeonia is a rare work of beauty, science, and practical value.

Media reviews

"Unveils the beauty and the botany."

—Marty Ross, Horticulture

"Beautified by finely rendered botanical illustrations. Avid gardeners who simply love peonies and professionals horticulturists wishing to expand their expertise will be equally enticed by the scope of the information catalogued here."

—Alice Joyce, Booklist

"The bulk of the text gives a synopsis of the genus Paeonia and its close relatives, illustrated with watercolors, line drawings, woodcuts and other historical peony images. This book is a welcome resource for those gardeners who already grow peonies and those who wish to do so."

—Charlotte Tancin, Huntia

"A must-have monograph for devotees of peonies."

—Mark Fishbein, Plant Science Bulletin

"This is a book that all lovers of wild peonies will not want to do without."

—John Grimshaw, Rock Garden Quarterly

"Already a classic."

—Louanna Simmons, Kansas City Gardener

"There is no other comparable book available and I wholeheartedly recommend The Genus Paeonia to all peony afficionados."

—William Countryman, American Peony Society Bulletin

"Distinguished."

Avant Gardener

"The Genus Paeonia, a new book co-written by ... plant hybridizer Jim Waddick and botanist Jarmila Haldova, is a resource for the veteran and the novice gardener and a beauty in its own right."

—Rhonda Stansberry, Omaha World-Herald

"Josef Halda is a botanist who has traveled to see every known peony species and subspecies in the wild. He documents 25 species in this book, including forty subspecies and varieties. It is an especially helpful resource for those gardeners who wish to grown uncommon as well as common varieties."

National Gardener

"What sets this book apart ... are the beautiful paintings and line drawings by Jamila Haldova. An artistic experience as well as a scientific one."

—Susan Clark, E-Streams

"Peonies are the backbone of a good garden."

Midwest Living

"Paintings and line drawings of the plants, including the foliage details, which are important for identification in this genus, are the heart of the book."

—Carol L. Noll, American Reference Books Annual

"Any keen gardener with a love of, and interest in the genus Paeonia would be well-advised to buy this book."

—Jane Berrill, Peony

"Comprehensive."

Hardy Plant Society of Oregon Newsletter

"There has long been the need of a reference on the genus that is readily available to the gardener, and this book fulfils that need. The Genus Paeonia should be in the library of everyone who enjoys peonies."

—Reiner Jakubowski, Canadian Peony Society Newsletter

"The perfect mix of art and science."

—Cynthia Padilla, Sida, Contributions to Botany

About the authors

Josef J. Halda

Josef J. Halda was a botanist at the Botanical Institute of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences prior to starting his renowned seed-collecting business. Traveling throughout Europe and Asia, he has collected mostly alpine-plant seeds for sale to gardeners throughout the world. He has become an expert on several plant genera of horticultural importance, including Primula, Daphne, Gentiana, and Paeonia, writing monographs on each one. His wife, Jarmila Haldová, an accomplished illustrator of children's books, makes his plants accessible with her distinctively beautiful, botanically accurate drawings.

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Josef J. Halda

Josef J. Halda was a botanist at the Botanical Institute of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences prior to starting his renowned seed-collecting business. Traveling throughout Europe and Asia, he has collected mostly alpine-plant seeds for sale to gardeners throughout the world. He has become an expert on several plant genera of horticultural importance, including Primula, Daphne, Gentiana, and Paeonia, writing monographs on each one. His wife, Jarmila Haldová, an accomplished illustrator of children's books, makes his plants accessible with her distinctively beautiful, botanically accurate drawings.

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James W. Waddick

James W. Waddick lives and gardens in Kansas City, Missouri. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. He was an early member of the Species Peony International Network and a founder of the Heartland Peony Society.

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James W. Waddick

James W. Waddick lives and gardens in Kansas City, Missouri. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. He was an early member of the Species Peony International Network and a founder of the Heartland Peony Society.

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