Four classic books for a gar­den club reading list

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THE GLORY OF ROSES by Allen Lacy, with pho­to­graphs by Christophe­r Baker (Abrams)

A pho­to­graphic cel­e­bra­tion of the del­i­cate, de­ter­mined rose A VIC­TO­RIAN FLOWER DIC­TIO­NARY by Mandy Kirkby (Bal­lan­tine Books) An il­lus­trated guide to flow­ers and their his­toric, lit­er­ary, and cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance THE BOOK OF FLOW­ERS by H. Wal­ter Lack (Taschen)

A cat­a­logue of French flower painter Pierre-joseph Red­outé’s mag­nif­i­cent botan­i­cal il­lus­tra­tions IN SEARCH OF LOST ROSES by Thomas Christophe­r (Uni­ver­sity of Chicago Press)

A sur­pris­ingly riv­et­ing ac­count of how cen­turies-old, all-but-for­got­ten rose va­ri­eties have been brought back to life

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