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The Jade Garden
New & Notable plants from Asia
In association with the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research

The Jade Garden is an authoritative guide to 130 of the most fascinating yet little-known ornamental trees, shrubs, and perennials from "the green mantle" of Asia. Based on detailed research and observation at one of the largest and oldest collections of Asian plants in North America, the subjects of this book were chosen for their superior garden qualities, their rarity in everyday horticulture, and their commercial availability. From an extraordinary, nearly black geranium with reflexed petals, to a ground-creeping honeysuckle with bicolored flowers and blue berries, gardeners are sure to find something new and exciting in these pages. Although plants included are from the "cutting edge" of plant exploration and discovery, the authors have included only those selections that have undergone thorough evaluation at the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden for hardiness and garden appeal. In addition, the authors have taken special care to exclude potentially invasive plants, allowing readers to be confident that any selection from the book will be an environmentally responsible one. With many of its plants appearing in a garden book for the first time, The Jade Garden is certain to be a groundbreaking horticultural event.

An excerpt from this book:

The main scope of this book covers China, and to a lesser degree bordering countries such as Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and Myanmar. The volcanic geological province of the Japanese archipelago is a significant part of the Pacific "Ring of Fire" that continues south through the Ryukyu Islands and Taiwan to the Philippines. These islands frame the eastern edge of our region of focus. All have generally mountainous spines and restricted coastal plains. The altitudinal range, varied geology, geographical isolation, and maritime climate have led to great biotic diversity, but the islands share many common elements with their larger mainland neighbour to the west ...

Peter Wharton

Peter Wharton has been curator, since 1975, of the David C. Lam Asian Garden, a component of the University of British Columbia (UBC) Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research. Peter's professional career has been centered on the development of this unique forest garden in concert with extensive plant exploration in China.

About Brent Hine

Brent Hine has been curator of the E.H. Lohbrunner Alpine Garden at the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research since 1997. Away from the garden setting, the natural sciences — from the microscopic to the very macroscopic — have always held his fundamental fascination.

About Douglas Justice

Douglas Justice is associate director and curator of collections at the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research. A teacher and writer with an abiding interest in all things green, he considers the knowledge of trees to be "way up there."

...the wonderful thing about this book is that all the 150 plants mentioned have been trialed at the UBC for hardiness. A wonderful resource for those wanting to know the history of plants!


Author : Peter Wharton, Brent Hine, Douglas Justice
ISBN : 0881927058
Publisher : Timber Press
Sugg. Retail Price : $49.95
Available in Hardcover
Number of Pages : 300

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