Corinne Mallet began collecting plants of the Hydrangea genus in 1984. Her collection soon became one of the largest in Europe, and continued to grow from year to year, reflecting her passion for these plants.
In 1992, after collecting information and documents about the genus from far and wide, she published her first monograph on the genus, 'Hydrangeas : species and cultivars'. In the same year she went on her first journey to Japan and returned the following year for a two-month expedition, mid-June to mid-August. On this occasion she met Takeomi Yamamoto, the great Japanese hydrangea specialist, and became his disciple. It was also during this summer of 1993 that she opened her collection to visitors for the first time. She went on further expeditions to Japan in 1994, 1996 and 2000.
She wrote a further book about the genus Hydrangea in 1994. This volume 2 of 'Hydrangeas : species and cultivars' and, like the first volume, it was published in both French and English*. To date, 20 000 copies of these two books have been sold throughout the world. In 1997 she published a beginners' guide to growing Hydrangea : 'Hortensias avec succès' ( published by Rustica ; 6000 sold to date )
Corinne Mallet's most recent publication is a comprehensive guide presenting many different Hydrangea classified according to growing methods. This book, 'Hortensias et Hydrangea' was published by Eugen Ulmer France in April 2002. At present she is working on a botanical monograph intended for enthusiasts.
*Volume 1 is out of print. Volume 2 can be provided by the Shamrock Society.
Featuring almost 1000 photographic portraits of hydrangea, this book presents the widest selection of images of the subject ever published. Corinne Mallet is conservator of the French National Collection of hydrangea the most extensive in the world, at Varengeville-sur- Mer.