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The Rhododendron Story

200 Years of Plant Hunting and Garden Cultivation Edited by Cynthia Postan

Published in 1996 to celebrate half a century of the Rhododendron Yearbook, this publication gives a marvellous insight into the world of rhododendrons and the people who helped create it. 224pp.

It is now out of print but we are fortunate to have been given permission to make it freely available to our members in PDF form.

You may download the book here WARNING it is 54MB in size so will take some time to download.
Alternatively you may choose to download the individual chapters which are around 4MB each.

Chapter 1: Habitat and Ecology: Changes over 200 years
BOB MITCHELL
Chapter 2: The Taxonomy of the Genus: a History
WILLIAM and MELVA PHILIPSON
Chapter 3: The Importance of the Herbarium
JAMES CULLEN
Chapter 4: Nomenclature: an Ordered Universe
ALAN LESLIE
Chapter 5: Hooker’s Rhododendrons: Their Distribution and Survival
MARY FORREST
Chapter 6: The Irresistible Spread of the Rhododendron in British Gardens
KEN HULME
Chapter 7: The Vireya Story
GEORGE ARGENT
Chapter 8: Collector’s Techniques: Then and Now
PETER COX
Chapter 9: Hybrids for a Cold Climate: the Seidels
WALTER SCHMALSCHEIDT
Chapter 10: Hybrids in the British Isles: the Nineteenth Century
LIONEL DE ROTHSCHILD
Chapter 11: Hybrids in the United States of America
PAT HALLIGAN
Chapter 12: Deciduous Azaleas: the Hybrids
RENAUD de KERCHOVE
Chapter 13: Evergreen Azaleas: the Hybrids
JOZEF HEURSEL
Chapter 14: Rhododendrons in British Gardens: a Short History
BRENT ELLIOTT
Chapter 15: Rhododendron Lovers in the British Isles
CYNTHIA POSTAN
Chapter 16: Rhododendron Lovers Around the World
CYNTHIA POSTAN