Giant Conifer Book Published

Thursday 16 August 2012

RHS Encyclopedia of Conifers: A comprehensive guide to cultivars and species

The largest and most comprehensive illustrated encyclopedia of conifer species and cultivars ever published has just hit the shelves.

RHS Encyclopedia of Conifers: A Comprehensive Guide to Cultivars and Species is a substantial new reference book, published this month by the Royal Horticultural Society and Kingsblue Publishing, detailing conifer cultivars and species. It was written by leading conifer experts Aris Auders and Derek Spicer.
Illustrated with over 5,000 photographs, this two-volume, 1500-page encyclopedia features 8,000 cultivars and all 615 conifer species with their subspecies and varieties, which is more than any other illustrated book. It is a rich source of inspirational photography and informative plant descriptions.

The cultivar information has been compiled with reference to the RHS International Conifer Register, including as yet unpublished data, and includes descriptions, finder or originator, date and country of origin, and synonyms. Particularly useful is a guide to size after 10 years for the majority of cultivars. The species descriptions follow the most recent botanical classification of Farjon (2010). There is also an extensive appendix listing all the conifer collectors, nurseries, arboreta and individuals responsible for introducing new cultivars over the last three centuries.

Mike Grant, RHS editor of specialist publications, says: “There are now thousands of conifer cultivars available so this complete reference book is a much needed guide to this fascinating group of plants.”
 

For more information please contact Charlotte Paton at the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3126 or email charlottepaton@rhs.org.uk

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Notes to editors

RHS Encyclopedia of Conifers: A comprehensive guide to cultivars and species
by Aris G Auders and Derek P Spicer
ISBN 9781907057151
RRP: £149
Available from RHS Wisley bookshop, www.rhsshop.co.uk and RHS mail order: 01483 211320

About the Authors
Aris G. Auders, a conifer collector and photographer from Latvia, and Derek P. Spicer, chairman of the British Conifer Society, have been working on this book for seven years. Both have extensive knowledge of conifers in cultivation in the UK, Europe and the world. They have travelled the globe to study and photograph conifers in private collections, botanic gardens and arboreta. The authors have been assisted by Lawrie Springate, RHS International Conifer Cultivar Registrar (2004–2009), who sadly died in 2011.

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s foremost gardening charity, helping and inspiring millions of people to garden. We do this at our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk

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