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Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Jul 30, 2021 2:21 AM CST
Hi, I was wanting to add to my plant book collection.

I have the Hosta Handbook and the Book on Little Hosta. I am open to suggestions or recommendations.
Thanks!

Teresa
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Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Jul 30, 2021 7:43 AM CST
Hostapedia by Zillis is a good one.
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Jul 30, 2021 9:42 AM CST
There are a number and the three mentioned above are very good and among the most recent. The Color Encyclopedia of Hostas is a nice reference that sorts by the colour. But even the best of these are now getting fairly old and with hundreds of new hostas being registered every year, they get our of date very quickly. Stay away from the Paul Aden Hosta Book because Paul has been shown to have fraudulently registered many hostas under his name that were, in fact, stolen from others. So while there's some good basic info in it, there's also a lot that is no longer valid.
Ann

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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Jul 30, 2021 10:47 AM CST
If you get the Hostapedia by Zillis, be sure to shore up the book shelf😀. What would be nice is an ID logic tree, but like Ann said, hundreds are being registered each year.
Isaac Asimov, once wrote, “Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.”
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Jul 30, 2021 12:25 PM CST
crawgarden said:If you get the Hostapedia by Zillis, be sure to shore up the book shelf😀.


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Ah yes. It's DEFINITELY not a LAP book. And it won't leave much space on the coffee table. But a very good book. I've got a whole shelf full of books, but I rarely look at them anymore because there's so much information online with the Hosta Library, the My Hostas Database, The Hosta Registry, the Delaware Valley Hosta Society and many others.
Ann

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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Jul 30, 2021 6:31 PM CST
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books recommended by AHS.
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Seller of Garden Stuff Region: Kentucky Lilies Peonies Region: United States of America Garden Photography
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bluegrassmom
Jul 30, 2021 8:40 PM CST
Thanks everyone, I am just old school and in the winter I love curing up with a good book and a cup of tea or coffee. Now that we have been in the 90s for days, even a bit of snow sounds good Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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Kabby
Aug 3, 2021 6:59 PM CST
ViolaAnn said:Stay away from the Paul Aden Hosta Book because Paul has been shown to have fraudulently registered many hostas under his name that were, in fact, stolen from others. So while there's some good basic info in it, there's also a lot that is no longer valid.


Ann I read the low down on Paul Aden at the Hosta Library and I had my mouth hanging open at least 3/4 of the time I was reading. Of the unmitigated gall! I just kept shaking my head in disbelief. I have read of a few instances of stealing in the daylily world and also a hybridizer smuggling cocaine but I guess I have known those stories for awhile and the impact isn't as fresh. Thinking

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