Author(s): Lawrie Metcalf
The Cultivation of New Zealand Trees and Shrubs is the most comprehensive and authoritative reference available on the identification, cultivation and landscaping uses of New Zealand's native trees and shrubs. This new, fully revised and updated edition of Lawrie Metcalf's definitive work provides information on around 600 native species, with particular reference to the numerous cultivars now available. It contains full and accurate botanical descriptions for easy identification, as well as a stunning photographic section. Already a classic in its genre, this latest edition will inspire a new generation of gardeners to cultivate and appreciate New Zealand's native plants.
Lawrie Metcalf was born in Christchurch, and has had a strong interest in native plants and their cultivation since his high school days. It was that interest which led him into a career in horticulture and park administration. After experience in various establishments, both in New Zealand and overseas, he became Assistant Director of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and then Director of Parks and Recreation with the Invercargill City Council. Upon his retirement, he and his wife moved to the Nelson area where they established a large garden in which native plants play a prominent part. In 1991, he was awarded the Veitch Gold Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society in the United Kingdom, and in 2010, he was appointed a Companion of the Queen's Service Order (QSO) for services to horticulture.