Gardening / Cuttings: Digging deep

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INFORMATION of a wonderfully esoteric nature appears in The Gardener's Yearbook, edited by Charles Quest-Ritson and Christopher Blair (Macmillan, pounds 14.99). You can find out where to apply for horticultural grants, where the best libraries are, learn about seed exchange schemes and what garden restoration projects are under way. There is a riveting digest of the latest scientific research ('Use of seed priming to bypass stratification requirements of three aquilegia species'); a list of the new plants introduced in 1993; details of shows, societies, garden centres. You want facts? You got them.