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The sheer diversity of the genus Lilium is astonishing. Lilies have been immortalized in art, revered as religious symbols and sought after by plant hunters. The revolution in lilies for gardeners started only about fifty years ago, when hybrids were created that surpassed in health and beauty any of the lilies that had come before. The result has been a succession of garden plants that has caught the imagination of gardeners across Europe, Asia and North America. This book is for gardeners who love lilies and want to know more about how to look after them and what choices are available. It aims to familiarize readers with the often little-known species and clarify the differences between various divisions in the hybrids. It also gives a brief history of how far lilies have come since the days when the Egyptian Pharaohs decreed that carvings of the Madonna lily should decorate their tombs. As with most popular flowers, new lily hybrids are constantly appearing and suppliers can provide the most up-to-date information on which cultivars are available in any given season.
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Pamela McGeorge has had a passionate interest in gardening for many years. For six years she was editor of the New Zealand Gardener and is now a freelance garden writer and editor based in Central Otago. She has edited an international series covering a number of popular garden plants, and has contributed two books to the series -Irises (2002) (written with Alison Nicoll) and Carnations and Pinks (written with Dr Keith Hammett). Russell McGeorge has been a full-time photographer for over five years, since retiring from a senior executive role in engineering in 1998. He is now freelancing as a photographer, specializing in garden photography and landscapes.

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