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Wild and Old Garden Roses - Gordon Edwards

David & Charles, 1975, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat ruffled, with fraying at top corners. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank with a small stain to the margin of same. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.

Illustrated with 31 colour plates and drawings. From the cover: “Interest in the beautiful species and old garden roses is today on the increase. Yet sadly the number of available varieties is on the decline. Wild and Old Garden Roses, in drawing attention to their plight and trumpeting their virtues, cannot fail to generate enthusiasm among rose lovers and nurserymen alike. The approach is biographical rather than botanical. Gordon Edwards’ belief in rose growing as ‘a horticultural hobby from which we seek to extract something of the pure joy of life’ is borne out vividly in this book where the reader finds himself swept along in a constant pageant of colours, shapes and scents, literary allusion mingling happily with historical fact, all backed up with sound gardening expertise. At the end he will not only know how to grow these roses, each variety’s particular qualities, when introduced and why so named, but he will want to grow them. Mr Edwards is a missionary, one who came late to roses but — like all true converts — he now has some 2,000 roses of all kinds in his Sussex garden, and is fast spreading abroad the message that roses are the most labour-saving as well as the loveliest of flowers. And nowhere is this more true than the wild and old roses which are easy to grow, not prone to disease and visually attractive with distinctive flower formations, decorative foliage and bright heps as well as individual fruity fragrances.

Illustrator: Denys Baker
Size: 10" x 6¾"
Number of Pages: 160
ISBN: 0715367552

£Now with a new owner.