Latin for Gardeners: Over 3,000 Plant Names Explained and Explored

Lorraine Harrison


Latin for Gardeners: Over 3,000 Plant Names Explained and Explored

Latin for Gardeners: Over 3,000 Plant Names Explained and Explored

  • Title: Latin for Gardeners: Over 3,000 Plant Names Explained and Explored
  • Author: Lorraine Harrison
  • ISBN: 9780226009193
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Hardcover



Since Latin became the standard language for plant naming in the eighteenth century, it has been intrinsically linked with botany And while mastery of the classical language may not be a prerequisite for pruning perennials, all gardeners stand to benefit from learning a bit of Latin and its conventions in the field Without it, they might buy a Hellebores foetidus and beSince Latin became the standard language for plant naming in the eighteenth century, it has been intrinsically linked with botany And while mastery of the classical language may not be a prerequisite for pruning perennials, all gardeners stand to benefit from learning a bit of Latin and its conventions in the field Without it, they might buy a Hellebores foetidus and be unprepared for its fetid smell, or a Potentilla reptans with the expectation that it will stand straight as a sentinel rather than creep along the ground.An essential addition to the gardener s library, this colorful, fully illustrated book details the history of naming plants, provides an overview of Latin naming conventions, and offers guidelines for pronunciation Readers will learn to identify Latin terms that indicate the provenance of a given plant and provide clues to its color, shape, fragrance, taste, behavior, functions, and Full of expert instruction and practical guidance, Latin for Gardeners will allow novices and green thumbs alike to better appreciate the seemingly esoteric names behind the plants they work with, and to expertly converse with fellow enthusiasts Soon they will realize that having a basic understanding of Latin before trips to the nursery or botanic garden is like possessing some knowledge of French before traveling to Paris it enriches the whole experience.


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I learned the proper naming convention for plant labels, Genus (uppercase) and species (lowercase) in italics, followed by common name all in lowercase, e.g. Callicarpa dichotoma purple beautyberryI found some inconsistencies which detracted from my enjoyment. Here the author explores the genus name: in Greek, Callicarpa means callos, “beauty” and carpos “fruit”, while the species epithet dichotoma means “in forked pairs” (and this was ignored). I learned that a tomato Solanum lycope [...]

This is the type of book you will always be referring back to, researching with, etc. It was as though a veil was lifted for me, as I am not exactly a Latin Scholar. Now I get the names and what they mean. Some things were obvious over my years of gardening, but this book explains the breakdown of the plant name and it is quite interesting. It is an excellent addition to the gardening library. The book has lovely illustrations and explains the history of how the naming system came about. It is v [...]

This is a beautiful book filled with gorgeous Victorian style illustrations! It's going to take some time to properly enjoy it, and it's also one that I will keep by my chair to refer to often. While I don't have a garden spot right now, I am a kitchen herbalist and amateur naturalist. It's important to be exact when using plants in the kitchen and knowing the meanings of the descriptive Latin binomial names is helpful for both herbalist and naturalist. Aside from the long alphabetical listings [...]

This is a well made book, with beautiful illustrations and belongs on the bookshelf of every serious gardener. Besides the many pages that explain over 3,000 plant names, there are stories of great botanists interspersed. While it is not a book to sit down and read from cover to cover, the pages that highlight different plants or explain different types of plant names make for a nice mix of pleasure reading to go with the reference material.

En otroligt tjusig bok om ett nörderiområde som ligger mig fasligt varmt om hjärtat. Jag älskar latin, jag älskar trädgård, det är klart att jag blir förtjust i den här boken. En riktigt fet jäkla fyra!Utförligare recension på bokpotaten.Tack till Lind & Co för recex!

Suddenly the Latin names make sense. The scales fell from my eyes, as i had aha moments one after the other. I actually get information from plant names now. Now that plant names are no longer nonsense syllables to memorize, I have no trouble remembering them.

As a horticulturalist, I've always loved plants and am familiar with their Latin names. However, I didn't know what the Latin names were based on so this book was fascinating in learning those details. It's a great reference book and the botanical illustrations are gorgeous.

This is such a beautiful book, it's a pleasure just to hold it. The illustrations are lovely, and the information is exactly what I've always wanted and needed. Well done!


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