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January 2009 Specials From Touchwood Books

1 Brugmansia and Datura - Angel's Trumpets and Thorn Apples by Ulrike and Hans-Georg Preissel
This volume describes the rich cultural and historical origins of Brugmansia and Datura and their worldwide popularity. They are easy plants to care for and to propagate. This complete gardener’s reference gives a full explanation of all phases of the lives of these spectacular flowers and plants. Paperback, 144 pages, 205 x 260mm, NZ, 2001.
$15, was $40

2 Herbs For Australian Gardens by Penny Woodward
This best-selling herb ‘bible’ (in its 5th printing of 3 editions) contains a fully illustrated A-Z of herbs, chapters on propagation and planning, insect repellent herbs, companion planting, medicinal uses and much, much more. Completely revised and updated 3rd edition of the author’s “Australian Herbal”.
Hardback, 227 pages, 180 x 250mm, Australia, 2008.
$38, was $45

3 The Painted Garden in New Zealand Art by Christopher Johnstone
>From James Busby on, European settlers made gardens from the moment they set foot on New Zealand soil, and, of course, Maori had extensive cultivations of kumera around their kainga. This collection of over 100 delightful paintings is by many of New Zealand’s leading painters: Rita Angus, Eric Lee-Johnson, Don Binney or Philip Trustrum.
Hardback, 272 pages, 240 x 265mm, NZ, 2008.
$63, was $75

4 Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds by Carol Ekarius
Presented here, breed by breed, are more than 120 fowls – from chickens and turkeys to emus and pheasants. For each animal you will find stunning color photography, a brief history and a detailed description. The identifying characteristics included for each breed are: size (for cocks and hens); appearance of comb, wattles and earlobes; color (everything from black- breasted red to silver lace); place of origin; conservation status; and special qualities (including longevity, size and quantity of eggs, quality of meat, and other relevant uses).
Paperback, 278 pages, 215 x 275mm, USA, 2007.
$46, was $55

5 Specialty Cut Flowers by Alan Armitage and Judy Laushman
Even though growing cut flowers for export is currently in the doldrums due to the strong dollar and competition from low-labour-cost countries there is still a demand for NZ-grown flowers and foliage from local florists. This book covers the production of annuals, perennials, bulbs and woody plants for fresh and dried cut flowers, and though American, is the most up-to-date book on the subject. Covers propagation, growing on, yields in the field or under cover, time to harvest, postharvest handling and pests and diseases. The various crops are listed in A-Z order. Second revised edition, hardback, 586 pages, 160 x 235mm, 2003.
$20, was $65

6 The Truth About Organic Gardening - Benefits, Drawbacks and the Bottom Line by Jeff Gillman
Gardeners tend to assume that any product or practice labelled as ‘organic’ is automatically safe for humans and beneficial to the environment. And in may case, this is true. The problem, as Jeff Gillman points out in this fascinating, well-researched book, is that it is not universally true, and the exceptions can pose a significant threat to human health. The benefits and drawbacks of more than 100 organic gardening techniques and products.
Paperback, 208 pages, 150 x 230mm, USA, 2008.
$24, was $28

7 Trees of the World - A Celebration in Photographs by Graeme Matthews
A superbly photographed collection of trees from around the world: from the broadleaf forests and woodlands of Europe to the Amazon rainforests; from the mountain pines and weeping willows of China to the baobabs of Africa and the banyans of Malaysia. Also featured are individual specimens of great beauty such as the coastal redwood of California, Japanese cherry blossom and the frangipani of Oceania. Hardback, 160 pages, 238 x 295mm, 2006.
$15, was $40

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