Flowers have never been so popular as they are today, not even during the heyday of Gertrude Jekyll’s English gardens. A lovely array of cut flowers is now available the world over and flower lovers everywhere are showing great appreciation for the wildflowers of the field, woods and mountains. The rose garden is enriched with thousands of inimitable varieties. While lilies, orchids, irises, chrysanthemums and even daisies and cattails are showing up in dazzling and unusual arrangements. Now is the time for A Book of Flowers, a lovely addition to the flower lover’s library, a garland of portraits of the world’s sweetest blooms, each matched with an inspiring quote from noteworthy volumes of garden wisdom and classics of world literature and folklore.

An Aztec legend, a Celtic incantation, and the poetry of a Japanese court writer are among the many sources that contribute to this eloquent volume. Chaucer, Keats, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Walt Whitman and others enhance the beauty of each flower with imaginative and whimsical verse. Completing the package are expert observations for the avid gardener from garden standards such as Karel Capek’s entertaining The Gardener’s Year and Gertrude Jekyll’s famous Wood and Garden, for those who prefer exotics botanist C.L. Gilfillian’s notes on the flowers of a Cuban rain forest and Thomas Belt’s memoirs of explorations in the tropics reveal the rare delights of hidden blooming paradises.

As attractive as it is informative, this exquisite volume is sure to surprise and delight flower lovers everywhere

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With quotations by Jon Spayde, published by Quarto of New York in 1984. Hard cover bound this Second Impression of the First Edition, is in Fine condition, covered in plastic with a Fine dust jacket. The size of the book is 287x224x18mm, without pagination. ISBN 077403820225. Book has my attractive book plate covering a previous label. 75 col plates with classical quotations on facing page.