Peonies

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Timber Press, 1995 - Gardening - 296 pages
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Al Rogers has been growing peonies since childhood, and this book represents more than 60 years' experience. Peonies are treasured by gardeners for their longevity, lush foliage, rich fragrance, and landscape uses. Captured within these pages are not only the flavor, charm, and history of the peony and its hybridizers but also expert information about the genus Paeonia and its many cultivars. The species are discussed, and from the thousand-odd listed cultivars of both tree and herbaceous peonies, Rogers singles out the truly superior for recommendation, along with some introductions that show great promise. Enthusiastic amateurs and professionals alike will be thrilled with the complete and detailed information supplied in Peonies — an important book for any gardener's library.

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This is a wonderful and inspiring book by a man who loves and understands peonies. It was my first book on the subject and it was enormously helpful, but it is also a delightful book to read. Rogers speaks of encountering his first peonies as a child. He went on to found a nursery that I understand is now run by his children. There are excellent discussions of peonies that will help you to choose the best ones for your garden, and how to care for them. Best of all he recommends peonies, and tells you WHY he recommends them. A lovely book. 

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Al Rogers, born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, acquired his first peony cultivar in 1929 at age eight. He owned and operated Caprice Farm Nursery, a successful peony nursery and mail-order supplier, for more than twenty years. Over the years he has written and lectured on peonies and other perennials, and served as a director on the board of the Perennial Plant Association for eight years.

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