T. M. E. Branney is co-owner of The Europa Nursery that specializes in rare, temperate-woodland plants. As well as offering a wide selection of Zingiberaceae, the nursery is also involved in a large-scale hybridization program for Epimedium and has amassed a comprehensive collection of Polygonatum. Branney designs gardens for private clients and has had articles and photographs published in plant journals all over the world. He has travelled to Southeast Asia, Central America, and Madeira to observe plants in the wild, take photographs, and collect seed.
"From classification and ecology to propagation and morphology, the
rudiments of ginger cultivation are covered in the book's opening
chapters, with particular attention paid to gingers' culinary and
medicinal applications. Branney then presents an encyclopedic
analysis of approximately 300 varieties of gingers hardy in the
temperate zones of the U.S., a relatively narrow climatological
range that still yields a wide array of gardening opportunities."
"Hardy Gingers is an extremely useful book for anyone interested in the ginger family, and it is clear that there are members of this group that can be grown in many of the climate zones of the Western states." --Pacific Horticulture
"Deftly covers the history of the cultivation of the different gingers. . . . Perfect for anyone with a rabid fondness for gingers and a desire to see them restored to their rightful place in horticulture-poking out of neighborhood gardens worldwide." --Biology Digest
"The A-Z list of gingers he supplies includes the temperature zone and height of each along with a detailed description, and includes a very fine collection of colored photographs." --SciTech Book News
"A unique, authoritative guide. While most may associate ginger with tropical climates, it's the more unusual temperate-zone gingers that are the focus here--and there's a wealth of them." --Bookwatch