Greedy only for results -- says the veteran editor of House and Garden -- and he speaks with the authority of years of successful demonstration of his own precepts. As a rose cultivator he is one of the country's authorities, and here he shares some of the secrets of his success, the fine points and the hints on gardening that cam make all of us gardeners hope for a measure of comparative results. His book is not confined to roses, but goes on to his other favorites, and he urges all to do some degree of specialization, experimentation with hybridizing, and branching out into untrodden paths. From soil and compost and the proper use of catalogues, he progresses to specific advice on roses, lilacs, lilies, peonies, some shrubs and small trees, narcissus, iris, and even house plants. His final chapter tells of his Cape Cod garden, and stresses the vital importance of keeping a garden diary through the years. Books and more books are recommended throughout. And his lists of his own preferences in each category will prove a gold mine for other ""greedy gardeners"". This for the initiates.