|My horticultural contributions to the Salvia and herb
literature include three self-published data bases in a placard format
with 12 fields of information on each entry. Each placard is a table
that can be used for signage, although it is most used as a grower's reference
by collectors, botanic gardens, and nurseries.
New - Second edition just released January 8, 2001 with 204 Sages described
Description of Placard Books
|The Salvia Placard Book, along with the two Herb Placard Books, are
data bases of information on new and neglected herbs and perennials with
ornamental, medicinal, and herbal value. Set up in the form of a
small table, entries can be copied at a smaller scale, trimmed to size,
and laminated to make signage. Most people buy them as a horticultural
Intended for use by nurseries, botanic gardens, herbalists, garden writers, and salvia enthusiasts, they are currently available as hard copy, printed on 20 pound paper bound by an office 3-hole binder, and in electronic form as MS Word and Corel WordPerfect documents. Demand and resources prior to this web page have called for very limited press runs.
NEW!! I am now offering the second edition of the Salvia placard Handbook, with a total of 204 Salvias described. A number of the older items have been corrected, and more information on provenance has been added.
Future development: If there is sufficient demand, future runs of the placard books will be permanently bound, along with a price reduction. Increased demand also will increase the possibility of inclusion of color images. The two Herb Placard Books will be merged (without Salvia entries) and updated with new and expanded entries if there is sufficient interest. Please send me e-mail on your opinion.
Books and disks are sent on 30 day approval; either returned merchandise or payment is expected at that time.
Fair Use Terms
The copyrights on the placards will allow you to make personal use copies only. It is my intent that the contents can be used as research material for other publications (but see below about data bases).
It is also my intent to allow the Xeroxing and laminating of individual placards for the labeling and identification of plants in the nursery, but not the sale of the individual placards as they exist in this publication. I will allow the use of the data as part of the creation of other placards, as long as they are reformatted and the content has been reworded without altering the content significantly.
Since it is my intent to use this and further data to construct Salvia data bases, I expect that any use of this material will not compromise my interests. I reserve the right to not sell digital copies to other parties who want to use the information in data bases without a mutual understanding and agreement.
Questions about my claims and advice on the use of this publication and the individual placards can be obtained by calling me at 336-674-3105, e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or writing to me at 313 Spur Road, Greensboro, North Carolina 27406 USA
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ORDER FORMS for the placard book may be downloaded in several formats:
Print the form as a Web Page (simplest way, but poorest quality and non-editable):
A PDF form can be downloaded and printed here:
Get the Adobe Acrobat 6.0 reader from this site:
Zipped MS Word document (editable) and GIF image forms can be downloaded here:
Table of Contents of the Salvia Placard Book:
History of the Placard Books
|This publication began as an attempt to provide my customers with the
detailed information they needed at the many herb festivals I participated
in over the last twenty years. The information on my rare and unusual
offerings was as valuable as the plants themselves. Assembling, organizing,
and publishing this information was also valuable to the nurseries, collectors,
and botanic gardens that wanted to sell, study, and display these plants.
The next request by customers was for images, since most of the plants were fall-blooming perennials being sold in the spring. This led to the images you see in the Gallery of Salvias, first used as laminated signage to augment the text signage. Addition of quality images to the placard books has proved to be too expensive.
The World of Salvias web site is my answer to filling this need. Hopefully, it will provide the interest and additional sources for developing a CD-ROM database that will combine the Gallery images and Placard Book data. The searchable data base is currently planned to be in expanded form with garden images, more tables and utilities. This will take some time and effort, but the initial data base of Salvia species is already well on the way, with basic public domain information on about 80% of known species organized on several spreadsheets.
Salvia Books by Other Authors; Reviews:
Book of Salvias: Sages for Every Garden, by Betsy Clebsch
The Gardener's Guide to Growing Salvias, by John Sutton
(Mediterranean Climate Gardening): A Book of Salvias
Review (Mediterranean Climate Gardening): The Gardener's Guide to Growing Salvias
Comparative Review (on MCG site) of Clebsch and Sutton books by R. F. Dufresne
Links to Living Herbarium Pages:
Links to Other World of Salvia Pages: