Members’ publications

Callaghan, Christopher B. & Png Siak K. (2020) 'Twenty-six additional new combinations in the Magnolia (Magnoliaceae) of China and Vietnam.' Phytokeys 146: 1–35. View or download at:

Callaghan, Christopher B. (2009). ‘The Cathay Silver Fir: Its discovery and journey out of China.’ View or download at:
Callaghan, Chris (2012). ‘Nature’s forgotten garden. Wa Shan’s Rhododendron Wonderland’. Rhododendron Species Foundation Yearbook 2012(7): 93–110.

Watt, Alistair (2017). ‘Robert Fortune. A Plant Hunter in the Orient.’ Kew Publishing, Richmond, Surrey, UK. (420 pp.)
Watt, Alistair (2019). ‘Purdom and Farrer. Plant Hunters on the Eaves of China.’ Alistair Watt Publishing, Lavers Hill, Victoria, Australia. (352 pp.)

Callaghan, Chris & Png Siak-Khoon (SK) (2013) 'A new name and seventeen new combinations in the Magnolia (Magnoliaceae) of China and Vietnam.' View or download at:

Valder P. (1999) The Garden Plants of China. Florilegium, Glebe, Sydney, Australia. 1–400.
Valder P. (2002) Gardens in China. Florilegium, Glebe, Sydney, Australia. 1–400.

Farjon, A. (2001). World checklist and bibliography of conifers. Second edition. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. (309 pp.)
Farjon, A. (2005). Pines. Drawings and descriptions of the genus Pinus. Second edition, Brill Scientific Publishers, Leiden. (235 pp.)
Farjon, A. (2005). A Monograph of Cupressaceae and Sciadopitys. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. ([v] + 643 pp.)
Farjon, A. (2005). A Bibliography of Conifers. Second edition. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. ([v] + 211 pp.)
Farjon, A. (2008). A Natural History of Conifers. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon. (304 pp.)
Farjon, A. (2010). A Handbook of the World’s Conifers. Vol. 1 & 2. E. J. Brill, Leiden & Boston. (1112 pp.)
Farjon, A. & D. Filer (2013). An Atlas of the World’s Conifers. An analysis of their distribution, biogeography, diversity and conservation status. Brill, Leiden & Boston. ([xii] + 512 pp.).

Davis, Merelene: A Dendrologist's Handbook Click here for a poster and purchasing information.

Gardiner, Jim: Magnolias in Art and Cultivation. Published by Kew and on special offer to IDS members at £80 instead of £90 (to qualify for the discount, enter the code MG02 into the search box at the top right of the homepage).

Our Scientific & Education Committee Member, Martin Gardner of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, who has spent 30 years visiting Chile and is regarded as a leading authority on the cultivation of Chilean plants in the UK, is joined by two Chilean collaborators, Paulina Hechenleitner and Josefina Hepp, who have drawn on decades of experience working with Chilean plants in their native habitats and in cultivation to give fascinating insights to their distribution, habitat, conservation and uses. This book is illustrated by three talented Turkish artists, Gülnur Ekşi, Hülya Korkmaz and Işık Güner, trained by Christabel King. The legacy is evident in their skilful paintings. The book, to be published in mid-October 2015, is limited to 450 numbered copies. To order, download the form at:
or write: Publications, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR, UK.

Gill, Kevin & Engelbrecht, Andry: Wild Flowers of the Magaliesberg, 2012

Johnson, Hugh: Trees. Published October 2010 by Mitchell Beazley. ISBN-10: 1845330552 (order on Amazon). Title in the United States: The World of Trees by Hugh Johnson. Published in October 2010 by University of California Press. ISBN-10: 0520247566. This book is a revised update of The International Book of Trees by Hugh Johnson, 1973.

Kilpatrick, Jane:

Gifts from the Gardens of China, The Introduction of Traditional Chinese Garden Plants to Britain, 1698-1862

Frances Lincoln, 2007 (288) (Out of print – contact author Enable JavaScript to view protected content.)

Fathers of Botany, The Discovery of Chinese Plants by European Missionaries, Jane Kilpatrick, Kew Publishing, 2014 (x, 253)

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Lamb, Christian: From the ends of the Earth, Passionate Plantsmen remembered in a Cornish Garden and This infant adventure, offspring of the Royal Gardens at Kew. The website to link to is:

Mariátegui, Javier: Gardens for the Senses. The Spanish Gardens of Javier Mariátegui. Edition Axel Menges, Stuttgart/London, 2016. ISBN 978-3-936681-98-7 . Link to PDF:Gardens for the Senses