Because we rose breeders are always looking into the future, always hoping that this year’s cross-pollination will yield exciting results for rose lovers to enjoy eight to ten years from now, we must be optimists. Like Papa Meilland and like my rose-growing-and-breeding ancestors before them, I still get a tremendous burst of enthusiasm each spring when I see our new crop of seedlings peeking through the soil in our research greenhouses.” from the Preface
Meilland tells the story of five generations of his family as they cultivate, experiment with, market, and develop new breeds of the aristocrat of flowers. As he shares the history of this French horticultural elite, he provides an informal treatise on roses, their place in history, and their development under floriculture from a simple wild plant to the extravagantly beautiful and complex blooms of today.
Meilland takes us into the greenhouses that serve as laboratories and demonstrates how new roses are created, how from a bed of 2,500 seedlings, the result of cross-breeding, there may be only one or two roses selected for propagation and sale. He also permits us a view inside the management and organization of the worldwide rose establishment. Even while dealing with commerce on such a large scale, he doesn’t lose sight of the human element: he presents an engaging picture of his grandparents and parents as they became France’s premier rose growers through their persistent hard work.
The Pilgrims who settled America brought rose bushes with them aboard the Mayflower, and Meilland concludes his book with a chapter of practical advice for those who are following in their floricultural footsteps. In addition, the translators have updated, expanded, and adapted for American rose growers the original section on diseases and pesticides.
Richard C. Keating is Professor of Biology at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and is a research associate for the Marie Selby Botanical Garden, Sarasota, Florida, and the Missouri Botanical Gardens, St. Louis, Missouri.
L. Clark Keating is a retired Professor of Romance Languages at the University of Kentucky and author and translator of many books, including Audubon, the Kentucky Years and Conversational French (with H. V. Besso).Language Notes:
Text: English, French (translation)
Descrizione libro Southern Illinois University Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0809311119. Codice libro della libreria Z0809311119ZN
Descrizione libro Southern Illinois University Press 1984-04-16, 1984. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 1st. 0809311119. Codice libro della libreria Z0809311119ZN
Descrizione libro Southern Illinois University Press, 1984. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0809311119
Descrizione libro Southern Illinois University P, 1984. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110809311119
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