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The Sweet Pea Book

By Graham Rice

Gardeners wishing to grow copious amounts of healthy sweet peas ... should heed Rice's expert counsel.


An inspiring and comprehensive guide, The Sweet Pea Book is for anyone interested in growing these most exquisite of fragrant flowers and using them in the garden. It covers the colorful history of the sweet pea, provides detailed practical advice on seed raising and cultivation, offers ideas for using the plants effectively in the garden, and discusses dwarf sweet peas for small gardens and patios. A comprehensive descriptive list of species and varieties will prove useful to all sweet pea enthusiasts.

Media reviews

"Gardeners wishing to grow copious amounts of healthy sweet peas for cutting or to enliven flower beds and borders should heed Rice's expert counsel."

—Alice Joyce, Booklist

"For complete immersion in the allure of the sweet pea, check out The Sweet Pea Book."

—Kathy Renwald, Toronto Star

"If you'er interested in these beautiful plants, Rice has produced the perfect practical book for you."

—Alsion Dingle, Garden Center

"Even if you've never given sweet peas a second thought, Rice's beautiful book is enough to make you think again."

—Jean Starr, Northwest Indiana Times

"Check out The Sweet Pea Book ... which gives a detailed history, lots of pretty photos, and great growing tips."

—Jarrett Smith, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"[This] book is the most current and definitive book on sweet peas to date."

—Jeneen Wiche, Shelbyville Sentinel-News

"Easy style and conversational prose make this an enjoyable read, and no gardener will be able to read this slim volume without wanting to order sweet pea seeds."

—Margaret Henderson, E-Streams

About the author

Graham Rice

Graham Rice is a distinguished international garden writer and is unique in having won three awards for his writing in the USA, as well as three in the UK. Trained at the prestigious Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, he is editor-in-chief of the American Horticultural Society's Encyclopedia of Perennials and the author of more than twenty books, and he runs the Royal Horticultural Society's New Plants blog as well as his Transatlantic Gardener blog.

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