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Double Flowers
Double Flowers

Double Flowers

The Remarkable Story of Extra-Petalled Blooms


296 Pages, 6.75 x 9

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $45.00 (US $45.00) (CA $60.95)

Publication Date: June 2018

ISBN 9781910258880

Rights: US & CA

Pimpernel Press (Jun 2018)

Price: $45.00


An investigation of all types of flowers with a greater than usual number of petals or petal-like structures

As long as there are plants and gardens, there will be plant enthusiasts who will want to grow variations, rarities, and oddities, including double flowers. Double flowers are simply flowers with a greater than normal number of petals or petal-like structures. They can occur spontaneously in the wild or can be selected and bred by humans. This beautifully illustrated book, begun by bestselling garden writer Nicola Ferguson before her death in 2007 and completed by her friend, the writer and photographer Charles Quest-Ritson, celebrates some of the many thousands of double-flowered "new varieties" produced throughout history. It discusses how they have arisen; how they are constructed; how and where they will flourish; and the particular charms, advantages, and disadvantages of such varieties for gardeners, flower-arrangers, and pollinators alike.


"A brilliantly readable account of double flowers, exploring everything from their many varieties to their biological development, their long history in our gardens and the powerful emotional responses they elicit. This supremely researched book will leave you appreciating double flowers as never before." —Stephen Blackmore, Queen's Botanist and former Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Author Biography

Nicola Ferguson (1949-2007) was a bestselling garden writer. Her first book Right Plant, Right Place sold nearly half a million copies worldwide.