by Douglas Brenner and Stephen Scanniello, Algonquin Books of
Chapel Hill, $20.95
Anyone who has ever thumbed through a rose catalogue will love this witty, well-researched account of how roses have acquired their oft-times curious monikers.
From King Henry II’s mistress, Fair Rosamund (Rosa Mundi), and rose breeder Sam McGredy’s drinking buddy (Sexy Rexy) to the spine-tingling account of how “Rose No. 3-35-40” eventually became the bestselling hybrid of the 20th century (Peace), this book reveals the histories of more than 1,200 cultivars. Impossible to put down.
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