Definitive and latest word on snowdrops

4 February 2000

Definitive and latest word on snowdrops

NATIVES of Europe and the Near East, snowdrops have become enormously popular in cultivation. They are hardy, and their ethereal white flowers appear when all else in the garden is still bound by winters grip.

Galanthus, commonly called snowdrops, are the subject of a fascinating book* written in conjunction with the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. This mammoth 300-page tome is the first full-length monograph on the subject since 1956. It represents the most detailed study of the subject ever undertaken and contains just about everything you could wish to know about snowdrops.

Thirty-seven colour photographs, some taken in the wild, are included. Each of the eighteen species is represented by a painting by the accomplished botanical artist, Christabel King. ME

* The Genus Galanthus by Aaron P Davis. Timber Press (ISBN 0-88192-431-8) £29.00 from book shops or from the publishers (Tel: 01954-232959) plus £4 p&p.

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