of New Zealand
Photographs by Yvonne Cave
Godwit, distributed by Random House New Zealand
THIS newly released,
updated version of the award-winning book, The Gardener's Encyclopaedia
of New Zealand Native Plants, features more than 2000 species,
hybrids and cultivars in a highly illustrated, user-friendly format.
Published in hardback,
it includes more than 1000 colour photographs with detailed descriptions,
cultivation and propagation information to make a superbly comprehensive
reference that will be a continuing delight to all gardeners.
first section is preceded by introductory notes including lists
of native plants with specific features or uses in the garden.
The photographs are arranged
in three main groups; trees, shrubs and climbers; and herbaceous
plants and ferns.
Within these broad categories,
plants with similar attributes are grouped together under the relevant
The second part, the
text, is compiled alphabetically by genus, allowing the reader to
see the range of plants within a genus making it easy to find the
relevant information for a photograph in the first section.
Text entries are cross-referenced
to the page where the plant's photograph appears.
The book features a full
glossary of the botanical terms used and a selection of nurseries
specialising in native plans.
The Gardener's Encyclopaedia
of New Zealand Native Plants is a sturdy, substantial and essential
guide for gardeners with a love of natives. A huge volume representing
real value and a must for any serious gardener's library.
Valda Paddison, an experienced
garden writer and native plants enthusiast, is a major writer and
chief consultant for Botanica's Trees and Shrubs.
Yvonne Cave, one of New
Zealand's foremost plant photographers, is also the author of The
Succulent Garden and her photographs have illustrated many
other locally published books.
Gardener, Issue 104, August 22-September 4, 2002, Page 28
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH