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The Ultimate Rose Book (Including Miniature, and Wild-All Shown in Color and Selected for Their Beauty, Fragrance, and) [Hardcover]

By Stirling Macoboy (Author) & Patricia Semmler Wiley (Illustrator)
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This beautiful book features more than 1,500 roses of all types from all over the world. History and how-to text accompany more than 1,650 full-color photographs--the result of years of research and travel by a descendant of the author of the 1783 classic The English Garden.

Publishers Description
A full-color encyclopedic guide to 1,500 varieties of roses around the world. Includes sections on history and lore, cultivation, and designing rose gardens.

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The Ultimate Rose Book (Including Miniature, and Wild-All Shown in Color and Selected for Their Beauty, Fragrance, and) by Stirling Macoboy & Patricia Semmler Wiley has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 11/01/1993

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Harry N. Abrams
Pages   472
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 13.33" Width: 10.28" Height: 1.68"
Weight:   6.69 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 10, 1993
Publisher   Harry N. Abrams
Age  13-22
ISBN  0810939207  
ISBN13  9780810939202  
UPC  049318392070  

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Stirling Macoboy was born in 1927 and died in 2005.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Gardening & Horticulture > Flowers > General
2Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Gardening & Horticulture > Flowers > Roses
3Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Gardening & Horticulture > General
4Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Gardening & Horticulture > Ornamental Plants

Reviews - What do customers think about The Ultimate Rose Book (Including Miniature, and Wild-All Shown in Color and Selected for Their Beauty, Fragrance, and)?

great book  Apr 23, 2008
Beautiful book--makes me want to run out to the garden & see what roses I can plant.
A Perfect Valentine Gift  Mar 10, 2008
We all know that most women love to receive flowers - especially on Valentine's Day. This year I decided to do something different and give my wife, who loves roses and grows them, the "Ultimate Rose Book" instead of a bouquet that would only last a week. She abasolutely loved it! She has poured over it again and again, and will for years to come. The photography is gorgeous and information very helpful. We highly recommend it to any serious "Rose" person.
Good for older modern roses  Nov 5, 2006
This is an excellent book for those gardeners wanting information on many of the older hybrid teas and floribundas plus climbers that are carried by only specialized rose nurseries. This book also tells it like it is and so you get the negative aspects of some roses. Yes the book is VERY large but perfect to raise a small child to the table.
Best Coffee Table Rose Book  Sep 19, 2004
This is the first Rose Book in my collection; it is responsible for my interest in roses. It is the biggest book of my rose book collection; in height, thickness or weight. Its production qualities are high and more than a decade after purchasing it, it is a book I still hold dear.

Over 1500 roses are presented, and for each there is a photo. The writing is clear and concise. And more than any other reference, we hear the writer's voice. When Macoboy particularly likes a rose, we know it. If he were writing a scientific reference, this may not be quite appropriate, but this personal voice brings us a step closer to viewing the roses as he does. And this draws us in.

A few bits of crucial information are listed in tabular form, the rose's breeder, its class, and how fragrant the rose is. Entries are listed alphabetically in three main sections: Species Roses, Miniature Roses, All other roses.

The book was published just after the commercial success of Austin's first remontant English roses and a handful of these roses are included.

But almost twenty years after its first release (the edition I write about was printed in the late 1980's), the book is beginning to look and feel dated. There has been a huge amount of work in the area of minis and this section seems quite dated. A significant portion of the Hybrid Tea roses and floribundas are not in commerce - not even at specialty nurseries. And many of the most popular of these classes do not appear. To make matters worse, a noticable portion of the roses Macoboy treasures were distributed only in Australia, so European and American gardeners never would have had a crack at them.

The photos are a mixed bag. On one hand almost every rose about which he writes is photographed. This is a monumental achievement. Few rose books come so close to complete photographic coverage as this one, and any that acheive full photographic coverage are less encyclopedic in scope and/ or present smaller photos. This may be the most photographically generous rose book in print.

Most of the rose photos are pretty good. Many are excellent. And some of the excellent ones fill a whole large page. The layout is large and the feeling it creates is lush and luxurious. But a few of the photos are seriously flawed. One photo, for instance, is of a rose that is waving back and forth madly in the wind and all we can see about the rose is that the flower is reddish - the whole photo is a big smudge. And there are a few cases in which we have serious questions about color reproduction.

So who should buy such a book? Well, if you are a rose-lover and wish to draw someone else into the field, this may be the best book to do it. The lavish illustration and infectious writing will do the trick better than just about any other book. And if you are a rose-lover and you want a coffee table book on roses, this may be the best choice. Or, if you know someone who is a little interested in gardening but knows nothing of roses and is afraid to take the plunge, this would be a good introductory gift.

If you just want a reference, get Botanica's Roses it is more up-to-date and it presents more roses. And visit for other info on roses and to get help finding more books about roses at this
detailed, classic book  Jun 6, 2003
I love this book. I have been wanting to buy it for 2 years now and finally found it on this for much cheaper. At some stores this book goes for $100!

I love it because it is HISTORIC and GOOD FOR GARDENERS! I like how the author talks about the rose in a mythical and realistic point of view. He gives history and information for scientists.

I have never loved a book as much as I love this one. I treasure it. I am never going to let go of it. I especially love the front cover. The roses are all huddled together in different colors, and they almost appear as if they are people. The photography is magic!

Simply said, if you love romantic style books with also some useful information about gardening this the one for you.


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