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Magnolias: A Gardener's Guide

By Jim Gardiner

There can be no more welcoming introduction to the great genus Magnolia than this beautiful and gracefully written volume.

Pacific Horticulture

Revered by gardeners since ancient times, when they were brought into cultivation in Asia, magnolias have lost none of their allure. In fact, a steady supply of new magnolias has become available in recent years, from both newly discovered species and newly created hybrids, making the genus a source of greater horticultural excitement than ever before. Though loosely based on the author's 1989 book of the same name, Magnolias is so extensively revised and expanded as to be considered an entirely new book. This highly illustrated survey of the genus includes species and hybrids, extensive information on cultivation and propagation, and more than 150 fine photographs. The appendices list societies, plants for specific landscape situations, plants that have received awards, and places to see and buy magnolias.

Media reviews

"A valuable reference."

American Gardener

"The charm and beauty of magnolias are shown in the 155 color photographs offering a wider variety of exquisite cultivars than we usually see grown."

—Joanne S. Carpender, National Gardener

"There can be no more welcoming introduction to the great genus Magnolia than this beautiful and gracefully written volume by a gardening expert."

Pacific Horticulture

"A detailed guide to the genus."

Gardens Illustrated

"A must for magnolia lovers worldwide."

—Emily Gaither, Book World

"A fully illustrated survey of the genus with information on cultivation and propagation."

Wisley Bookshop

"Opened my eyes to the many species of Magnolias available to us today."

—Diana Pederson, Suite101.com

"The gloriously illustrated account of the species and hybrids that will brighten a winterís evening and have you planning to fit in at least one of these magnificent trees."

—Vanessa Berridge, English Garden

"This admirable volume contributes in a positive and original way to the rich tradition of magnolia literature."

—Mark Flanagan, Garden (Peterborough)

"A recommended pick for any serious horticultural library."

Gardening Shelf

"Altogether this new book should be high on the wish list of every magnolia gardener."

—Eileen Wheeler, Rhododendron, Camellia, and Magnolia Group Bulletin

"Magnolia growers, particularly those living in cooler climates, will find this ... a valuable reference."

American Gardener

"In addition to detailed descriptions and growing information, youíll enjoy delving into the historical and botanical background of these fascinating trees."

—John Van de Water, Newark Star-Ledger

"A browse through the pages of the new book Magnolias by expert Jim Gardiner makes you realize how many varieties there are, and how few we know."

—Adrian Higgins, Washington Post

"When I have a question about which yellow magnolia to buy for a client, I check Magnolias. The book will tell me which is most floriferous while young, which is toughest in the landscape and which is most suited to the exposure."

—Donna Williamson, HortResources Newsletter

"You will find Magnolias: A Gardenerís Guide a very helpful resource for selecting one, or more, of these aristocrats for your garden."

—Natalia Hamill, Garden Center Association of Greater Kansas City

"Magnolias: A Gardenerís GuideÖfeatures much historical information, which makes the book most interesting."

—Marty Figley, Michigan Observer and Eccentric

"Fine and abundant color photographs."

SciTech Book News

"A superbly produced, beautiful book, with more than 150 superb color photographs, immaculately printed on coated paper."


"For magnolia lovers who donít or canít grow them, Jim Gardinerís monograph yields vicarious pleasure very nicely indeed."

—Allen Lacy, Homeground

About the author

Jim Gardiner

Jim Gardiner is Director of Horticulture and Chief Curator for all the Royal Horticultural Society gardens in the United Kingdom. Previously he was (Chief) Curator at RHS Garden Wisley for 22 years, Curator at the Hillier Gardens and Arboretum, and held a variety of position at other botanic gardens.

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