Larry Hatch is a founder of the New Ornamentals Society, Internsational Coleus Society, and www.cultivar.org, author of more than 15 books on ornamental garden plants including Hatch's Perennials and Cultivars of Woody Plants. Educated at Cornell University (B.S.) and North Carolina State University (M.S.), Mr. Hatch is a recognized horticultural taxonomist and one of the pioneers of plant selection databases since the 1980's as well as creator of the New Plant Page, the first internet website devoted to finding new landscape cultivars.
This volume is Part I of the our new Consolidated Cultivar Reference, covering both detailed descriptions, histories, identification tips, and large (1000-1250 pixel wide) high-resolution digital images. Part I covers cultivars A to ) and covers 418 pages. We also have more scanned nursery catalogs from the past to document the history of the old or heirloom clones. Hundreds of hours of society member time was required to produce each volume.
Sold in two parts or volumes (Part II not included here), this massive Coleus manual covers 628 8x12 in. PDF pages of content with literally hundreds of images. This is by far the most complete and large guide to Coleus cultivars ever compiled.
More than 35 years ago, horticultural taxonomist Larry Hatch became frustrated with the lack of comprehensive information on the varieties of hardy herbaceous plants. He still is not satisfied and since that time has created annual updates to Hatch's Perennials to set the record straight. He took his work to several print publishers and not one wanted a perennial encyclopedia over 1200 pages due to the expense of being exhaustive, detailed, and including high-res, page-wide images for so many plants. The New Ornamentals Society and cultivar.org took him up on this challenge to create a much better perennial guide.
Hatch's Cultivars of Woody Plants is the 35-year work of noted horticultural taxonomist Larry Hatch, founder of the New Ornamentals Society, Cultivar.org, and the first to create a new plant website on the internet in the 1990's. CWP is known for it's screen-wide, high-resolution digital images that no print publisher could afford to send out as well as origination study of cultivar level history and nomenclature.