The Genus Jasminum in Cultivation
Authors: Peter Green, Diana Miller. 166pp. 244 x 182mm. 35 colour botanical paintings. 30 colour photographs. 18 line drawings. Hardback, ISBN 9781842460115, Kew Publishing 2009.
A superb Curtis's Botanical Magazine Monograph, edited by Martyn Rix, destined for gardeners, nurserymen, botanists, and lovers of botanical art. The Genus Jasminum details the historical and cultural use of jasmine, its role in perfumery and medicine, cultivation in temperate and tropical gardens, and taxonomy, including a key to cultivated species. Full colour illustrations, photographs and maps illustrate the text.
This is a book that I can recommend to all growers and admirers of these plants. Charlie Pridham, The Plantsman, June 2010
Peter Green has studied jasmines for many years, as part of his work at Kew on the whole family Oleaceae. From 1948 he was assistant lecturer at Birmingham University, after which he was on the staff at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh from 1952 to 1960, followed by five years working as a horticultural taxonomist at the Arnold Arboretum, before returning to Kew in 1966. He was appointed Keeper of the Herbarium and Deputy director in 1971, and was awarded the Kew Medal in 1984.
Diana Miller is a horticultural botanist and is now retired from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), where her career spanned well over three decades and for which she was awarded the RHS Associate of Honour. From 1979 she was Keeper of the RHS Herbarium, where she developed and maintained the world’s only herbarium dedicated to cultivated plants. She also served as secretary for the Hardy Woody Plant Committee of the RHS and was a founding member and secretary of the Horticultural Taxonomy Group. Over the years she has written, edited and contributed to a range of horticultural publications, including European Garden Flora and The Garden. She is the author of Pelargoniums (1996) and 400 Trees and Shrubs for Small Spaces (2008).
Robert Calkin studied botany at Cambridge and has a long standing career in the perfumery industry. He has a particular interest in gardens and gardening and in floral fragrances and has visited many areas of jasmine cultivation.
Martyn Rix has worked for the Royal Horticultural Society and has co-authored many books on horticulture with Roger Phillips. He is editor of Curtis’s Botanical Magazine published by Kew, the longest continuously running botanical periodical in the world founded in 1787, which places special emphasis on botanical illustration. Martyn has travelled widely around the world collecting and photographing plants, and designing and planting gardens. In 2002 he was awarded the Gold Veitch Memorial Media for services to Horticulture.
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