Tour of Fort Worth Botanical with Don Miller
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A tuberous begonia reference, includes history, cultivation, outdoor growing, pests, diseases and disorders, Fertilizing, soil, watering, propagation and hybridizing. Also a bit about showing and exhibition. This is a straightforward reference guide written in a comprehensive style for beginner and intermediate levels.
Born in 1925, Brian Langdon is the grandson of Charles Langdon who established Blackburn-Langdon in 1901, tuber growers and distributors in England. It starts with the history of then species then breaks out into two themes: details and cultivation of the modern begonia, including pests and diseases. Detail information on the preparation of growing for show and the different types of tuberous begonias concentrates on cultivation of tubers, pendula, camellia, rose forms, picot, frilled and multiflora. Illustrations and beautiful color plates.
Considered by begonia enthusiasts to be the "Bible" of the genus. Detailed information on cultivation and propagation of the different types of begonias. In 1981 Begonias, the Complete Reference Guide was published and became and has remained a standard reference work for horticulturists and botanists. Millie who was very protective of her work has specified in her will that no changes can ever be made to her book. Millie and Ed were long time ABS members and outstanding growers. Their begonia collection was donated to the New York Botanical Garden and their extensive records were donated to the Fort Worth Botanical Garden.
This book provides a means to identify cultivated species. Identify species through concise descriptions, keys and colored illustrations of more than three hundred commonly cultivated species and their most popular cultivars. Includes, cultural history, cultivation, natural history, recommended species to grow, and a wonderful glossary. A great resource for gardeners and botanists alike. A true reference book for beginners as well as the experienced begonia enthusiast. Learn the details and characteristics of the different types of begonias. Besides identifying the species and situ location, it has a list of hybrids from those species that help in identification.
This book can be viewed online at the IDB website. Good reading for the new begonia grower. It describes the history, types and general culture of begonias. Also, discusses pests, problems and soil types and preparation, growing conditions and pictures! An easy read with lots of info.