12-26-2009 02:57 PM
From the author of the highly acclaimed TULIP, our feature for January is Anna Pavord's new book, BULB:
A personal selection and authoritative guide to the most beautiful bulbs on the earth.
The publication of Anna Pavord's guide to her favorite bulbs, corms, and tubers is an event to be celebrated. Here, the world famous author of The Tulip, selects 540 favorite bulbs, more bulbs than and gardener could grow in a lifetime.
Easy-to-grow, generally inexpensive and highly accessible, bulbs are readily available from many outlets. From acis, anemones and arums to zantedeschia, zephyranthes, and zigadenus, this alphabetical collection provides inspiration, insight, anecdote, and helpful advice. Special photography reveals the glory of each bulb, explaining flowering size, height, planting depth and requires soil and climatic conditions.
This gorgeous book, a complete deluxe package, will appeal to gardeners as the world's most authoritative and affordable reference work on bulbs.
The New York Times - Dominique Browning
This is the most beautiful garden book of the season. Quite apart from its liveliness and wit, Bulb is handsomely produced, full of ravishing photographs by Andrew Lawson and Torie Chugg, and, appropriately enough, positively biblical in its binding. (There's even a ribbon to mark your place—when was the last time you saw that in a garden book?)…A few moments with Pavord is worth a few hours with a psychiatrist.
Anna Pavord writes for several magazines in the UK and she has authored eight books, including the internationally acclaimed bestseller, The Tulip.
12-26-2009 03:06 PM
NPR says: Weighing in at a fat four pounds, Bulb is the ultimate eye candy, just as the author intended. "Wherever the pages fell open," writes Anna Pavord, "I wanted the bulbs to sing out: 'You've got to have me. You can't live without me.'"
Click here to see excerpts (pages) of the book: http://www.npr.org/assets/artslife/books/2009/12/b
(If you click on the images, you can see additional pages)
Here are links to some blogs, interviews and reviews about this book:
Here is an excerpt of BULB from the Royal Horticultural Society website:
I love Anna Pavord's book THE NAMING OF NAMES, too -- here's an article about that one:
12-26-2009 03:08 PM
© George Wright
Anna Pavord is the gardening correspondent for the Independent and the author of eight previous books, including the bestselling The Tulip. She contributes to a number of magazines, both in the US and the UK and regularly fronts programmes for BBC Radio 3 and 4. She chairs the Gardens Panel of the National Trust and sits on the Parks and Gardens Panel of English Heritage.
She lives in Dorset, England, where she spent thirty years restoring the garden of an old rectory. She has recently moved to a new house and started another garden. She is married and has three daughters
12-26-2009 03:09 PM
01-11-2010 04:44 AM
I like Anna Pavord's books and I share her fascination with bulbs, especially tulips. However, Becke, you are not going to tempt me to buy any more gardening books at the moment.
01-11-2010 10:21 AM
01-20-2010 10:16 PM
I was browsing through my copy of Anna Pavord's The Tulip, and I want to recommend this book, also. There are some books featuring the tulip, in both fact and fiction: