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Alpines, from Mountain to Garden

Alpines, From mountain to garden is a refreshing new perspective on the many stunning plant species that make their home above the treeline. Where most guides to alpine plants have favored collecting and rare species, Richard Wilford offers a holistic approach that describes their discovery and introduction into cultivation and why these factors must be taken in to consideration when planting these mountain dwellers in your garden.


Organized geographically, Alpines, From mountain to garden covers the conditions—drainage, climate, light levels, temperature, and precipitation—and species native to each of nine regions, including the United States and Canada, South America, China, Europe, and Africa.  In all, over three hundred plants are described and prolifically illustrated. Additional chapters cover cultivation, conservation, and the impact of indiscriminate collecting on the many species that are now on the verge of extinction. With its wealth of insight into where alpine plants come from and how this affects their cultivation, this new book from Kew’s Botanical Magazine Monograph series is sure to be a hit with gardeners, collectors, travelers, and photographers alike.

244 pages | 331 color plates, 8 maps | 7 6/8 x 10 4/8 | © 2010

Botanical Magazine Monograph

Biological Sciences: Botany

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Martyn Rix
List of paintings

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Growing alpines
Chapter 3: Europe
Chapter 4: North America
Chapter 5: South America
Chapter 6: Australia and New Zealand
Chapter 7: Japan
Chapter 8: China and the Himalaya
Chapter 9: Western and Central Asia
Chapter 10: Africa

Index to scientific names and cultivars
Index to common names

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