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announcement for "Ornamental Plants of Malta"

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 7:06 pm
by HC Weber
Hello together,
it is my great pleasure to inform you about this new book (same size like the Flora) available from Margraf publisher, Germany, in the 1st half of December 07. The price will be 35 Euros.
I imagine that this could be a superb Christmas gift!

Hans Christian Weber graduated with a Master Degree in Biology from the Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany, in 1974, and completed his PhD in 1976. He worked as a research assistant and assistant lecturer at the University of Ulm (1975-82) and is Professor of Botany at the Philipps University of Marburg since 1982, where he was also Director of the Botanic Garden for 15 years.
Ornamental Plants of Malta is a result of one of his research projects dealing with the Flora of the Maltese Islands. In this book almost all the ornamental plants cultivated in public places in Malta (approximately 450 species), are included. Descriptions of the ornamental plants are complemented by about 600 full-colour photographs, with notes on the flowering time, place of origin and occurrence in Malta, and remarks (e.g. about cultivation details) are included to provide the reader with useful background about certain plants. An invaluable aid for plant lovers, gardeners, students, and teachers, scientists and tourists, and all those interested in learning more about the variety of ornamental plants to be found in Malta and the Mediterranean region.

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 7:25 am
by MWP admin
We definitely need such a book ! Thank you for your work Prof. Weber

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:37 am
by jackpot
wow, MWP: I think this announcement should be better in the topic
Forum Members Outings and Activities?

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:19 pm
another work from our Professor :)

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:40 pm
by robcar
It will definitely be a superb christmas gift and will hopefully fill up a particularly large empty space within the botany section of my brain - I am utterly hopeless at recognising ornamentals and know next to nothing about them... it will be very much appreciated

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 5:22 pm
by jackpot
I have heard that they are delayed- not available until Christmas... :(

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 6:20 pm
by MWP admin
Valentine's present then :P :wink:

very welcome

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 4:23 pm
by Glimbo
Thanks for the welcome information on the book and congratulations on its' publication: I am returning to Malta in September and will certainly secure a copy then.

I have found the 'Flora' very useful, many thanks for that too.

A prosperous and fulfilling New Year to you.


Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 4:09 pm
by HC Weber
Hello Glimbo,
thank you very much for the flowers (as we say in german language as compliments)! :D

Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 7:50 pm
by HC Weber
Hi together!
After a long pregnance (!) the baby is borne and available in Malta`s bookstores soon. Just ask for it in a bookstore and they can order it from the distributor Sierra Books.
Or you can order it from the Margraf publisher in Weikersheim, easiest possibly via an email:

Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:39 am
by D. Cilia
excellent news :!: :!:

Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:59 pm
by MWP admin
Finally it's out !!! Everyone rush to the bookstores :-)

Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:17 pm
certainly not an opportunity to miss :)

Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 5:27 pm
by HC Weber
Hi forum hardcore members, just a question: is the book in your stores available and has anyone got it?

Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 6:20 pm
by MWP admin
I checked a week ago from Sapienza (Valletta) but they did not have it :-(

Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:58 pm
by D. Cilia
MWP admin wrote:I checked a week ago from Sapienza (Valletta) but they did not have it :-(
Did that just today before I saw this thread, what a coincidence! Not available yet. And it's not called Sapienza's anymore either...

Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:45 am
by MWP admin
We have to wait a few days more. Have you checked from the same shop? (Ex-sapienza?)

Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 3:37 pm
by D. Cilia
MWP admin wrote:We have to wait a few days more. Have you checked from the same shop? (Ex-sapienza?)
Yes, since (used to) I get most of the literature I need from there. We'll have to wait, indeed.

Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:18 am
by jackpot
what a pity, but I learned that the Malta distributor (Sierra Books) should have received meanwhile more than thousand reprints (paperback). In Germany as well as via www there are hardcase reprints available.

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:36 am
by MWP admin
Can you post the Website please.

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:54 pm
by jackpot

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 5:53 pm
by MWP admin
I ordered te book from Margraf , but hope it will not come by DHL!! There was no option to choose - it said transport by DHL or Surface mail ? :?

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:54 pm
by RB
DHL is "normal" mail in Germany, which internally is normally surface.

Also you have the options of Airmail or International Priority Mail, however whatever you choose is unlikely to mean anything as they will choose airmail, logically.


Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 8:43 am
by jackpot
surface mail will possibly stop in Palermo... :-D :-D :-D
I have no information about shipping, but I know that our post employees will strike in May!!

Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 6:54 pm
by MWP admin
I received the Proforma and it is 40.25 Euro including VAT and transport. Not courrier transport price for sure :-)

Posted: Mon May 05, 2008 9:55 pm
by MWP admin
I have received my book that I ordered and .... and... IT IS AWESOME!

Congratulations to Professor Weber for another masterpiece. It will be really fun as well as educational to carry this book to San Anton , Argotti (the section managed by agricultural departement :wink: ), Ta' Qali National Park, Romeo Romano, and other public (and private!) gardens and identify the species of ornamental trees present. There is also a hint of 'wild plants' such as Tulipa australis, Vitex agnus-castus and our friendly Arundo donax plant. The selection of species of the Cactus, Palm, Spurges (Euphorbiaceae), Ficus and Rosaceae is vast and so very useful for identification.

There is also an incredible number of plants that I never seen and thanks to the given locations, one can venture and 'treasure hunt' the plant. The format is the same as the previous book about wild plants by Prof. Weber and Bernt Kendzior. There is also a very useful introduction about several gardens in Malta, where a number of species is given for each. I am also glad that my comment on the prev book was taken, and now there is the family names in the back index. The photography have improved drastically from the first book of 2004. :P

Well, i really need this book for my studies and to learn more about the plants that decorate our islands. Probably there is no more need of this part of the forum - all our questions are in the book!

Great Job :thumbright: :queen:


Posted: Tue May 06, 2008 10:24 am
by jackpot
MWP: yes, he did an exhausting and extensive job and thank you for your plaudit- I will forward it to him :D
Also, he followed your comment to put the family name at the top of each page! Thanks again for your enthusiasm- but remember, no book will be an alternative to your forum!!


Posted: Tue May 27, 2008 8:05 am
by jackpot
Question: Has anyone bought the book in a Maltese bookstore and what was the price?

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:20 pm
by robcar
I have just bought the book a few days ago from a local bookshop - it is excellent, well presented and very informative and useful for somebody like me who is next to illiterate as regards ornamentals.

The hardcover and soft cover versions were both available at the bookstore. I bought the soft cover book but honestly I do not remember the exact price (i think it was about 24 euros but could very well be mistaken since I bought more than 1 book and have thrown away the reciept)

Anyway congratulations HC Weber for a much appreciated work


Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 10:21 am
by jackpot
Thank you robcar, looks like that you are the 1st Maltese who bought the book in Malta! :)