The very first book Timber Press published in 1980 is still in print. J. D. Vertree's Japanese Maples, rejected by a dozen other publishers, was by no means a sure bet at the time. It eventually created its own market by filling a need for horticultural information on those beautiful plants. Founder Richard Abel followed this successful lead with a line of quality books for sophisticated gardeners, horticulturists, botanists, naturalists, and landscape professionals. Robert Conklin, who bought the company in 1989, comments that "the longevity of our books — an unusual phenomenon in the world of book publishing — reflects our basic publishing philosophy: that we publish books written by genuine experts, and lavish upon them the most thoughtful and meticulous editorial attention, to assure their authoritative quality and enduring value." Today Timber Press, located in Portland, Oregon, has over four hundred titles in print and is considered the preeminent publisher of horticulture books. The public's love affair with gardening, making it the number one leisure activity in the U.S., means that the number of educated gardeners has blossomed. They want in-depth, expert information, and they thirst for the next new trend. The company resides in Portland's "Old Town" in a historic structure, originally a shipping warehouse built in 1893. Exposed old-growth Douglas fir beams and brick walls decorate the offices. Books on trees, shrubs, perennials, and orchids have been the mainstay of Timber's list, with forays into classic garden literature, plant exploration, propagation, ethnobotany, and some "beginner's books." From its U.K. office, the company also acquires books by such talented European horticulturalists as Piet Oudolf, who designed the Battery Park memorial garden in New York City; the famed Christopher Lloyd; and Carol Klein who writes "One Plant 5 Ways" for Horticulture magazine. In addition to the U.S., Timber Press authors reside in New Zealand, Japan, Canada, and Australia. Many authors are also plant explorers who travel throughout Asian and South African landscapes, and as a result the Timber catalog reflects the planet's rich plant life. Landscape design books have become an increasingly vital part of Timber's lineup, and books covering food-related topics will join the fruit-growing titles. A popular new series released in 2004 is the Timber Press Pocket Guides. These compact references by Timber's leading authors are moderately priced and are ideal to take along when shopping for plants. Timber Press also publishes expert information in other fields such as natural history and our own Pacific Northwest. Northwest regional titles include In Search of Ancient Oregon (winner of the Oregon Award for Nonfiction), Portland Hill Walks, and Classic Houses of Seattle.
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