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Collectors' alpines.

Collector's Alpines, by Royton E. Heath (Timber Press, Portland, 1983; $39.95), takes a different tack. Heath has devoted his life to growing alpines under glass in containers (clay, concrete, and wood--never plastic--are his chosen vessels). As a result, the 1,850 plants listed here are those that thrive in containers under glass. There's some crossover with H. Lincoln Foster's lists, but you'll encounter differences: Heath emphasizes dwarf conifers but makes no mention of ferns; Foster only touches on dwarf conifers but has a special section on ferns.

In a rather technical style, Heath takes up subjects such as soils, growing frames, and how to make an alpine house (a cool greenhouse). He goes into much detail on insect and disease control and all aspects of container cultivation.

A 543-page clothbound volume, the book is well salted with photographs (both black-and-white and color) and illustrations. It should be a help to anyone who grows alpines.
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Date:May 1, 1984
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