Book Review: Genealogy for Gardeners by Dr Ross Bayton and Simon Maughan

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Title: Genealogy for Gardeners
Author: Dr Ross Bayton and Simon Maughan
Publication Date: 27 September 2017
Price: $35AUD

Synopsis: "Genealogy for Gardeners is the latest in the bestselling series that includes Botany for Gardeners and Lating for Gardeners. It is a unique and accessible guide to the genealogical relationships between plant families.

For ease of reference this book has been divided into three thematic sections (the gymnosperms, monocots and early angiosperms, and eudicots) and further subdivided into chapters representing the 'core' families, with a particular relevance to gardeners. Key factual details are accompanied by beautiful, informative illustrations and diagrams to aid identification. Additional information boxes highlight other interesting facts, including practical uses for the garden and notable members of plant family groups.

This book will help gardeners, horticultural students, budding naturalists and amateur botanists to make sense of the enormous biological diversity of the plant kingdom by piecing together family likenesses and genealogical connections."

My thoughts: This is such a beautifully put together book. The illustrations are absolutely stunning, the pages feel good in your hands, the naked hardback is textured, and the ribbon bookmark is a beautiful dark red. The entire experience of looking through this book is beautiful.

The information is laid out in an easy to understand manner, without too much clogging up each page. Your eyes naturally follow the progression of each page, making the reading experience easier than you would expect (though my mind does still stutter on some of the names that I can't even begin to pronounce).

As this is more of a reference guide than anything, I'm not sure what else I can really say other than this is a valuable addition to any amateur botanist/fascinated gardener's library. A beautiful piece to admire and learn from.

[I received a review copy of this book from Allen & Unwin in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!]

Rating:  7/10

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