Cloth, 96 p., $9.95
Mixing the history of old roses with brief descriptive narratives, British author Graham Murphy has focused on many of the antique varieties that have been popular in gardens. His observations on specific plants include class, date of introduction and the grower, as well as such individual characteristics as type of flower, color, height, and scent. This last characteristic is regularly missing from contemporary rose introductions. Handsome full-color photographs portray the individual plants. The author’s storytelling ability storytelling in describing the background of plants lends particular charm to his informative passages. Readers who wish to visit British gardens with old roses will appreciate the extensive list that is included. Likewise, those who wish to purchase antique roses will be grateful for the list of international suppliers who specialize in these fragrant antique beauties.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden