Duck Duck Book

15 – seeds
03.28.2005, 12:02 am
Filed under: technology

Seeds : the definitive guide to growing, history, and lore / Peter Loewer.
Portland, OR : Timber Press, 2005.
[MCL call number: 631.521 L827s 2005; six copies, no holds]
also: New York : Macmillan, c1995.
[MCL call number: 631.521 L827s; one copy, no holds]

This book really is a definitive work on seeds. Chemistry, genetics, pollination, germination, seed longevity, the business of seed buying and selling, seed collectors, seed exchanges, how to successfully grow seeds at home, seeds and their role in continuing plant diversity, collecting seeds, and information on where to find more information about seeds, where to buy or trade seeds, and where to find other people who are fascinated by seeds. It is truly a sourcebook for anyone interested in seeds, and would be an especially good starting place for the gardener who wants to know more about botany or the history of seedsmanship, or for the botanist who wants to know more about the cultural history of gardening. For the most part, the text is clearly written, and the book is richly illustrated with line drawings and charts.

There is a modest index at the back of the book; also, an excellent list of seed nurseries and exchanges and a brief but intense bibliography of seed sourcebooks are included in chapter 13.


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