Armitage's Garden Annuals: A Color Encyclopedia

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Timber Press, 2004 - Gardening - 368 pages
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Horticulturists, students, and dedicated home gardeners will be familiar with Armitage's authority on this topic from his more technical Manual of Annuals, Biennials, and Half-Hardy Perennials. That volume was singled out as a winner of the Choice Academic Book Award, the American Horticultural Society Book Award, and the Garden Writers of America Golden Globe Award. While this new offering is a perfect pictorial companion to the Manual, it also stands alone with its personal commentary and inspiring advice on the most interesting, important, or overlooked plants. Armitage selects proven specimens from nearly 200 genera of plants and evaluates their garden-worthiness and sheer beauty. With humor, authority, and a wealth of practical experience, Armitage offers invaluable insights into those plants that truly earn their keep — and a few that do not! He has illustrated the entries with more than 1300 stunning color photos, rounded out by more than two dozen helpful lists of plants suitable for particular situations or uses, including plants for cool-summer areas, plants for dry situations, edible plants, container plants, shade plants, vines, and flowers for cutting.

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Armitage (horticulture, Univ. of Georgia, Athens) has written a companion volume to his Armitage's Manual of Annuals, Biennials, and Half-Hardy Perennials. This new encyclopedia, lavishly ... Read full review

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This book is very informative and includes a wealth of information. I do not however agree with Armitage on page 40 where he suggests that Angelica Gigas "are not for "The High Heeled Gardener". I would disagree. Although it may surprise you Mr. Armitage, I do indeed enjoy plants that, "are a little on the wild side" including Angelica Gigas. "The High Heeled Gardener" does love to create easy ways to garden and save time however that does not mean that fun gardening or enjoying wildly beautiful plants are out of the question. All in all this book is a keeper and I would recommend it as a book to buy and add to your gardening library.
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Widely regarded as one of the world's foremost horticulturists, Allan M. Armitage is a professor at the University of Georgia, Athens, where he teaches, conducts research on new garden plants, and runs the University of Georgia Horticulture Gardens. He travels widely as a lecturer and consultant, and is the recipient of numerous awards from nursery trade groups and horticultural organizations, including the Medal of Honor from the Garden Club of America and the National Educator Award from the American Horticultural Society. He is the author of nine other books, as well as six CDs and two Internet courses for gardeners. Armitage was honored with a Quill and Trowel award from the Garden Writers Association of America, and Greenhouse Grower magazine named him one of the ten most influential people or organizations -- ever -- in the floriculture industry for "encouraging growers to expand their markets with new annuals, cut flowers, and perennials.

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