Illustrations by Ippy Patterson. From Baby Blue Eyes to Silver Bells, from Abelia to Zinnia, every flower tells a story. Gardening writer Diana Wells knows them all. Here she presents one hundred well-known garden favorites and the not-so-well-known stories behind their names. Not for gardeners only, this is a book for anyone interested not just in the blossoms, but in the roots, too. read more
Diana Wells is the author of 100 Birds and How They Got Their Names and 100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names, has written for Friends Journal, and is contributing editor of the journal Greenprints. Born in Jerusalem, she has lived in England and Italy and holds an honors degree in history from Oxford University. She now lives with her husband on a farm in Pennsylvania.read more
Reviews for 100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names
This delightful little book tells the historical and scientific stories of 100 flowers from abelia to zinnia. You learn that african violets were sent to Europe in 1892 whereas begonias did not become an important garden flower until the nineteenth century. Chrysanthemums symbolized a scholar in retirement and were considered a "noble plant." The short stories tell of the struggles of the botanists, herbalists and rulers that saved, propagated and found new homes for many of the flowers we know today. There is only a simple drawing of each flower but the information is full of words that paint the stories in full color. A small gem of a book.read more
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