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Various magazines and newspapers have already reviewed The Curious History of the Bulb Vase. Every one is a glowing testament to Patricia's extensive research, the photography and layout of the book.

Here is a selection:

The Curious History of the Bulb Vase - Trouw reviewTrouw: p.4
'Gefascineerd door bloembollenglazen'
by Hanneke van Dijk

The book is illustrated with old prints, drawings and more than 700 pictures photographed by the author herself.


The author researched for years in museums and libraries throughout Europe, which resulted in an enormous archive.

The Curious History of the Bulb Vase - Elsevier reviewElsevier: No.13, p.81
'Hyacintenglaasje' by Emilie Escher

In garden-loving England it [the book] is a big hit. It is the country where the most beautiful vases came from, especially those from Victorian times.

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Birmingham Post
April 25th 2012, Prof. Richard Edmonds

I am certainly inspired by what I have read and, if a book can do that, it's a success to my mind.


But a word of praise must be given to the publisher of this delightful work, the first I have seen on such a rare subject. In my experience over many years as The Birmingham Post's book reviewer, a book of this quality usually comes from one of the well-established London publishers.

The full text of the Birmingham Post review can be seen here.

Bloembollen Visie magazineBloembollen Visie: No. 243, p.79
'Engelse bollenglazen kundig beschreven'
by Arie Dwarswaard

(free translation)
The Curious History of the Bulb Vase not only touches the earliest history of these vases, but via Wedgwood and the 19th century glass factories, Patricia also shows the humorous side of her research. Using these vases just for growing hyacinths proved to be too limiting as she shows an array of other flowers grown on water, and even includes acorn vases. The glass collector is well catered for, and there are even many ideas where bulb vases could inspire florists. In short, for anybody who is interested in bulb vases, and who appreciates a well presented book with extensive photography, it is a must-have.

Cameo magazineCameo: No. 56, Spring 2012
The Friends of Broadfield House Glass Museum

The magazine for members of The Friends of Broadfield House Glass Museum, Kingswinford, UK. Not only does the museum highly recommend the book, it also carries stock.

Curious History of the Bulb Vase - Glass Circle book reviewGlass Circle News
Issue 129, Vol. 35, No. 2, by John P Smith

An insightful review of the book, written by The Glass Circle chairman, John P Smith.

To read the full article, click on the image (right)

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Autumn 2012, Leo den Dulk

The article titled 'Groeien op glas' was written by Leo den Dulk for the OnzeEigenTuin magazine, which is published quarterly.

Winter 2012

A review of the book can be viewed here.

The Plantsman magazine, review of The Curious history of the Bulb VaseThe Plantsman
December 2012, James Ackers

The Plantsman is published monthly by the RHS and is its flagship magazine.

The author has methodically researched the way in which enthusiasts from the 17th century onwards sought to display to perfection flowering bulbs in the home.