Author(s): MORGAN RAYMOND J
The genus Impatiens is enormous, comprising over a thousand species - many of which, although highly desirable, remain little known to Western gardeners. Ray Morgan examines Impatiens through a botanical lens, describing their physiology, morphology and seed dispersal mechanisms, then moves on to place impatiens in historical context. Perhaps most excitingly, the author highlights a selection of garden-worthy impatiens native to the world's widely diverse cultural habitats, describing over 200 species ranging from Madagascar to New Guinea hybrids. With over 160 color photos complementing the detailed plant descriptions, "Impatiens" is essential reading for curious-minded gardeners keen to unearth this fascinating and largely unexplored genus.
Everything you wanted to know about 200 species of the Impatiens genus, especially the flowers of Asia and Africa. LancasterOnline.com 20080112 A sumptuously produced, richly illustrated book. But it ought to come with a warning because anyone already crazy about impatiens will be sorely tempted by the book to grow many more different kinds. -- Bill Scheick Dallas Morning News 20080222 Provides solid advice on propagating, growing, treating the few diseases or pests they might fall prey to, and landscaping with these versatile plants. -- Jill Vig Pacific Horticulture 20081101
Ray Morgan is a retired nurseryman with a longstanding interest in Impatiens. In Britain he holds the National Plant Collection of the genus, and he has traveled southern India extensively researching and photographing them. He has written articles for such magazines as The Garden, The Plantsman, and Curtis's Botanical Magazine. Before working as a nurseryman, Ray spent 30 years as an industrial chemist, leaving to open a nursery concentrating mainly on shrub production. On retirement he centered all his horticultural interest in impatiens. During the next few years he made friends with many people in India, gaining additional knowledge about these plants. Ray lives with his wife in South Wales.