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The Protea Book

A Guide to Cultivated Proteaceae

Lewis J. Matthews

illustrated by Zoe Carter



10.2×7.3in • 26×18.5cm

184 pages

286 color photos

index included

ISBNs: 1877257206 • 9781877257209

Timber Press • 2002

This spectacular guide book details most of the cultivated members of this intriguing family, from Banksia to Grevillea to Mimetes, not just the single genus Protea. The author’s expertise and lifelong passion for proteas is clear in both the text descriptions and accompanying photographs. Essential advice on cultivation, propagation, and garden uses helps readers in the pursuit of growing their own proteas, and a section on commercial cut-flower production previews a future of exciting new varieties.

Lewis Matthews ran a well-known protea nursery and cut-flower business for 21 years, until he sold it to concentrate on writing. He is the author of five books, and his articles and photographs are often seen in the New Zealand Gardener. Matthews is also the expert advisor on proteaceous plants to the Plant Variety Rights Office of the New Zealand Ministery of Commerce. He lives in the historic seaside community of Akaroa in New Zealand’s South Island.

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