At long last, a book on rock gardens that I can whole heartedly recommend. There is, perhaps, no area of gardening where the English equivalent can be so nearly approximated, nor where their procedure and results should be emulated with a resultant measure of success. This book, by the one time director of the Rock Garden at Kew, tells the why as well as the how of planning, planting, caring for all types of rock gardens:- large and small, wall and bank, paths, marshes, ogs and water gardens. The instructions about soil, selection of rocks, adaptation of slopes, placing of rocks, building of walls, use of grass in area, top dressing and mulch, planning of scree or moraine garden -- all this is succinctly presented so that amateur and experienced gardener alike can benefit by the instructions. Diagrams, charts, photographs and lists in abundance round out the excellent text. Space is given to Alpine House planning and operation as well- this for the bigger operation. The use of bulbs, of shrubs, of hardy forms- again with lists- are given due attention. And the final section is an A B C of rock garden plants; their description, habit of growth, season of bloom, kind of soil and exposure, method of pleting, of culture, and varieties available.