To rhododendron grower professional and amateur- this book will be, in superb form, the answer to every conceivable question. The author is a widely known hybridizer; a lecturer and writer. The illustrator, Edmond Amatels also an enthusiastic hybridist, has contributed lavishly with diagrams, sketches, maps and a special phytogenetic chart in color and there are some 16 pages of half-tones. For amateurs there is information on suitable varieties, where to get them and how to use them; for professionals there are chapters on methods of propagation, nutrition, production, landscaping; for students there are profiles of some 148 species, illustrated and described. Corrections of misconceptions of the past, critiques on taxonomy, on adaptations, on physiology and anatomy and distribution, historical date -- all this and more is related to rhododendrons in the wild and in the garden. Complete lists of hybrids, species, etc., etc., will be endlessly useful.