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The Collectors Garden
Designing with Extraordinary Plants


By Ken Druse
Published by Thames and Hudson
$NZ69.95

Reviewed by Mike Oates

This book introduces 28 passionate American gardeners and collectors who are classified into four categories; there are the hunters, seeking out the new and the different; the missionaries driven to save threatened plants by growing them in conservancy collections; the specialists who focus on a taxonomic group of plants or a particular habitat, and the aesthetes, who collect plants for their appearance and value in garden design.

All the collectors share with the reader their different ideas and common passions. This 250 page hardback contains more than 400 photos taken by Druse, who is well-known for his photography.

New Zealand Garden Journal: Journal of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture 1996 1(4): 23

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