Here are some of our favourite books:
Totara: A Natural and Cultural History
By Philip Simpson
Auckland University Press
Richly illustrated, this handsome book combines the ecological and cultural stories of
one of New Zealandís most famous trees and identifies the important role that totara
played in building New Zealand.
Price $67.50 and Free Delivery in New Zealand.
Available from Auckland University Press and Potton & Burton.
New Zealand’s Native Trees
By John Dawson & Rob
Craig Potton Publishing
- More than 320
species, subspecies and varieties, in 85 genera and 51 families
- More than 2300
photographs, from close details to habitats and landscapes
- An informative
overview of the unique features of New Zealand’s forests and
- 54 break-out
features that tell the interesting stories about our native
Described by Peter
Arthur, former owner of Touchwood Books as:
"The most beautifully presented tree
book I have ever seen and after 25 years of selling new and
second-hand books about trees from around the world I cannot praise
Growing World of Duncan and Davies:
A horticultural history 1899–2010
By Alan Jellyman
Published by the Sir Victor Davies Foundation for Research into
In 1910 young Victor
Davies, fresh out of his apprenticeship, signed a partnership
agreement with New Plymouth nurseryman James Duncan and began a
career that would make Duncan & Davies Nursery a household name in
New Zealand and a much respected brand overseas.
Author Alan Jellyman
has captured this story of a family business which, with its loyal
and skilled staff, met the challenges of two World Wars, the
Depression, the fickleness of domestic and international markets and
the evolution of horticultural research, technology and management.
To order, send $60.00
(includes packing and freight within New Zealand) to:
The Secretary, Sir
Victor Davies Foundation
8A Herapeka Street, Taupo 3330.
For enquires, email email@example.com
Plants of Pukeiti Forest
By Dr Marion MacKay
Printed by Massey University
Published by Marion MacKay as Fantails Publishing, Manawatu
This comprehensive 585 page work is on the native and exotic flora in the conservation forest at Pukeiti, featuring around 275 species. This work is about the flora in the forest and does not include the rhododendron collection.
Each species is illustrated with a combination of scanned herbarium samples and photographs, many showing the smaller details of identification of each species. Notes on identification are provided.
Of the 275 species illustrated, there are about 60 species of ferns, 20 orchids, 130 perennial herbs (42 monocots and 79 dicots), and 75 woody species. This is a limited print run so order now to secure your copy.
To order, send $185.00 (includes packing and freight within New Zealand) to:
Marion MacKay, PO Box 57, Tokomaru 4864, Manawatu.
For enquires, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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The New Zealand Plant Doctor
By Andrew Maloy
Published by New Holland
This title has been available since 2009 but also well worth mentioning.
It was written by Andrew Maloy, Weekend Gardener magazine Plant Doctor, and associate editor and past Chairman of the RNZIH.
This book is a compilation of Andrew's answers to the gardening questions sent in by readers of Weekend Gardener.
He offers sound and practical advice on eradicating disease, pest and weed control, spraying, feeding and more. From organic remedies to approved chemicals, Andrew gives sensible and proven remedies tailored to New Zealand gardens.
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All prices are in New Zealand dollars and include GST
Remember that RNZIH members get a 10% discount on book titles from