[UCP Books]: Latin for Gardeners: Over 3,000 Plant Names Explained and Explored

“Useful, surprising, and beautiful.”
—Jane S. Smith, author of A Garden of Invention

Latin for Gardeners

Over 3,000 Plant Names Explained and Explored
By Lorraine Harrison
Publication Date: October 22, 2012 Cloth $25.00
Foreign Publication date: November 12, 2012 ISBN-13: 978-0-226-00919-3

Mastering a small amount of Latin provides a big benefit for gardeners. Not only is it empowering to walk into a nursery and speak like an expert but, without it, they could buy a Hellebores foetidus and be unprepared for its fetid smell, or a Potentilla reptans with the expectation that it will stand straight as a sentinel rather than creep along the ground. Understanding the naming conventions can unlock a wealth of information as the Latin names give clues to color, shape, fragrance, taste, behavior, functions, and more.
Latin for Gardeners is both a beautiful gift book and a practical reference with reliable tips advice from seasoned experts. Its dictionary-style format makes it easy to navigate for quick answers, but the special profile pages and “Latin in Action” sections will engage readers wishing to browse the book to find the next fascinating fact. For example, fennel (Foeniculum) was once placed in keyholes to ward off ghosts, or that the official naturalist of the Lewis and Clarke expedition was none other than Meriwether Lewis himself?
Harrison’s lush color illustrations and nearly poetic descriptions accompany the entries, making the book as beautiful as it is useful. It’s the perfect gift for your favorite gardener.
Lorraine Harrison is the author of several books, including Inspiring Sussex Gardeners, The Shaker Book of the Garden, How to Read Gardens, and A Potted History of Vegetables: A Kitchen Cornucopia. She is currently working on turning three acres of uncultivated Sussex downland into a garden.
Please contact Lauren Salas at (773)702-0890 or lsalas@press.uchicago.edu for more information.

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