cloth, 302 p., $49.95
Graham Stuart Thomas is one of the world's greatest plantsmen, and this book is proof of his expertise and sheer knowledge of plant material. Plants featured in this book clearly are Mr. Thomas's favorites, reflecting his own botanical artistry. This is not a how-to manual, but instead a work to read and enjoy, thanks to anecdotes based on the author's vast horticultural experiences.
As we wander through different gardens with Mr. Thomas, we note plants of interest because of their form, leaves, berries, barks or flowers. He progresses in the course of this work through the seasons, discussing different trees, shrubs, climbers, perennials and annuals.
Each page is filled with color photographs and illustrations as well as remarks on cultivation and growth habits. Since these gardens are in Surrey, many an American gardener will be frustrated in trying to duplicate these efforts in the certain areas of the United States; nonetheless, the text is an inspiration for all gardeners.
— Elaine Juhl, Volunteer and Master Gardener, Chicago Botanic Garden