This addition to our series offers a wealth of information and advice on growing blueberries, cranberries, lingonberries, and dozens of lesser-known relatives otherwise known as vacciniums. Jennifer Trehane explores the historical, ornamental, and edible aspects of Vaccinium, a diverse genus of more than 400 species. The culinary importance of these berry-bearing plants is well known, but too few people are aware of their ornamental potential. Many of the plants described in these pages have brightly colored young growth, flowers that are sometimes scented, and either evergreen or deciduous leaves with brilliant fall color. Some vacciniums become large, bold shrubs, while others remain small and compact, making them ideal for containers and small gardens. The author lists dozens of little-known species deserving more attention, and all who read this book will find a range of plants suitable for each garden habitat.
Jennifer Trehane's lifelong passion for camellias stems from her involvement in the family nursery business.
She managed Trehane Camellia Nursery in Dorset, England, from 1982 to 1995 and currently runs Dorset Blueberry Nursery with her son. Her interest in blueberries began when her father responded to an offer of free blueberry plants from a North American nursery at the end of World War II. 1000 plants arrived on the Queen Mary in 1959, and Trehane was duly instructed to collect them. She helped her father plant the first thousand blueberry plants, which became the basis of the family business ? a pioneering plantation that was planted below the family home in Dorset, UK.
Trehane obtained a bachelor of science in horticulture from the University of Reading, England. She is now one of three directors of the International Camellia Society and has been editor of their journal since 2006. She is also a member of the RHS Rhododendron and Camellia Committee and author of Camellias: A Gardener's Guide to the Genus. She has traveled widely all over the world to see camellias growing in gardens and in the wild, including two botanical trips to China.
Trehane has contributed to various gardening magazines and columns over the years, including BBC Gardener's World, The Garden, and The Times, among others.
In her free time she enjoys photography and traveling the world.