Have you ever wondered where plant varieties get their names? Have you ever pondered the background of common plant names, such as the Russell lupines, Shasta daisies, or Shirley poppies? A new book from English author Alex Pankhurst called Who Does Your Garden Grow? (Mackey Books, 2006; $16) helps answers these questions. The author explores the history of plant names and profiles the individuals the plants commemorate. She tells fascinating stories and includes anecdotes and trivia in profiling more than 100 well-known varieties. The book will help you bone up on your horticultural knowledge during these long days of winter and impress your gardening friends next spring.
For more information on this entertaining book, go to: Mackey Books.