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Mary Toomey, Ph.D., trained as a biologist, botanist, entomologist, and soil ecologist. A keen gardener, she has been growing and studying clematis for more than 30 years. She is currently editor of The Clematis, the journal of the British Clematis Society. She lectures widely on clematis, gardens, and gardening, and has written a number of previous books and articles. Born in Jaffna, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), she now lives in Dublin, Ireland.
[A] delightful, compact but comprehensive guide to the queen of vines. The marriage of great photos and crisply worded, tightly edited entries, covering all the key species and cultivars, makes this a keeper. ... [One of] the 10 best books of the year. -- Steve Whysall Winnipeg Free Press 20061217 Every photograph is outstanding. -- Diane M. Calabrese American Reference Books Annual 20070101 I had sworn to myself that I wasn't going to bother with clematis, but as a result of this book, I have a 'short' list of of a dozen-plus to try. -- Jim Dronenburg Washington Gardener 20070301 The famous Timber Press Pocket Guides are always first-rate and this particular one does not disappoint. ... It must have been a daunting task, indeed, to condense the selection of Clematis, but what a success! -- Linny Heagy Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 20071001