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The Plant Lover's Guide to Snowdrops

By Naomi Slade

Appeals with its exploration of the origins of the plant and its history of illegal wild collection and trade.

New York Times

Snowdrops (whose Latin name is Galanthus) have a delicate, quiet beauty. Their white, bell-shaped petals are striking alone or in a swath, and they are a harbinger of spring. Hugely popular in the United Kingdom where fans are known as Galanthophiles, their popularity in North America is ever-growing as they become more readily available.

The Plant Lover's Guide to Snowdrops is the first book to make this group of bulbs accessible to the home gardener. It features profiles of 60 hybrids, species, and cultivars, with information on flowering time, distinguishing features, and ease of cultivation. It addition, it shows how to design with, grow, and propagate snowdrops, and offers tips on where to buy snowdrops and see them in public gardens.

This book is part of the Plant Lover's Guide series on important ornamental plant groups. Written for plant-driven gardeners by recognized experts in the field, the guides offer a great education in ornamental gardening and are abundantly illustrated with inspiring photography of both the plants and gardens that feature them.

Media reviews

"Lavishly illustrated."

New York Times Book Review

"Naomi Slade dives into this fecund world.…There's much practical information on how to grow and increase snowdrops, because one can never have too many of these bulbous wonders."

Country Gardens

"Visual and informational candy for people who are passionate about plants."

—Mary Beth Breckenridge, Akron Beacon Journal

"Appeals with its exploration of the origins of the plant and its history of illegal wild collection and trade."

—Anne Raver, New York Times

"Attractively designed, accessible, with excellent photography and clear typography. The authors clearly know their stuff, and write well ... These books serve as a wide view into narrow subjects in an engaging and attractive way."

—Graham Rice, Transatlantic Gardener

About the author

Naomi Slade

Naomi Slade is a horticultural journalist with a lifelong interest in all things snowdrop. An avid gardener, trained biologist, and creative communicator, she skillfully blends practical gardening advice with scientifically accurate information in this fresh and lively account of spring's earliest blooming flower.

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