American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia

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More than 15,000 plants in 6,000 photographs and illustrations.

The AHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants is the most comprehensive, detailed, and lavishly illustrated guide to garden plants ever published. With authoritative coverage of more than 15,000 ornamental plants, accompanied by nearly 6,000 full-color photographs, it is destined to become the essential reference work for all gardeners, from novice to expert. Plants are arranged alphabetically by their botanical names ...

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More than 15,000 plants in 6,000 photographs and illustrations.

The AHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants is the most comprehensive, detailed, and lavishly illustrated guide to garden plants ever published. With authoritative coverage of more than 15,000 ornamental plants, accompanied by nearly 6,000 full-color photographs, it is destined to become the essential reference work for all gardeners, from novice to expert. Plants are arranged alphabetically by their botanical names for fast, straightforward access. All names are completely up to date, and previous names (synonyms) appear as cross-references throughout. Any plant can be located quickly, even if the current botanical name is unfamiliar or not known. Detailed plant profiles, prepared by an international team of more than 40 expert contributors, describe growth habit, leaf and flower anatomy, plant height and spread, geographical origin, and hardiness. A concise introduction to each genus provides essential details of botanical family, native habitat, number of species, and the ornamental qualities for which the plants are grown, together with succinct advice on cultivation, propagation, and pests and diseases. Specially commissioned photographs closely integrated with the plant descriptions, capture the beauty of nearly 6,000 plants. The full diversity of growth habits within a genus is shown wherever possible, and special close-up panels illustrate the range of flower colors and shapes. A comprehensive introduction and glossary guide beginners and experienced gardeners alike to a greater knowledge and understanding of the key elements of plant classification, anatomy, and cultivation.

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The American Horticultural Society sets the gold standard for gardening reference tomes with this encyclopedic volume, which provides listings for every possible garden plant a reader could imagine (more than 15,000 in total). Stunning in its presentation as well as its scope, the book features more than 6,000 gorgeous full-color illustrations. One particularly beautiful photo spread displays 32 different varieties of dahlia. The editors wisely chose to use botanical names for their alphabetical listings, making them equally accessible to beginners as well as accomplished gardeners. The descriptions are thorough and supply all the pertinent information, from the origin of each plant to the best place in your garden for it and the pests that may threaten it. Although you may need an extra wheelbarrow to lug this hefty book around, it is well worth the effort.
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If they can afford it, libraries should have both editions of this invaluable one-volume reference. For gardeners seeking the right plant for the right place but with no knowledge of the specific name, the 1989 title arranges its catalog of 8000 plants not alphabetically by name but by season and color. It starts with color photos and descriptions of large trees, separating them by seasonal interest and by color within each season. It does the same for smaller trees, then for shrubs, climbers, perennials, annuals, rock plants, bulbs, and succulents. Expanding its coverage to over 15,000 plants, the 1997 encyclopedia is organized alphabetically, making it an ideal reference for patrons who want to know what a particular plant looks like, how it grows, and its hardiness zones. Its descriptions of popular plant species, like Narcissus, Primula, and Rhododendron, are a real strength. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Gardeners intimate with plants on a Latin or common name basis can refer to this guide for information on life cycle botany, cultivation issues, and familiar as well as more exotic ornamental plant groups. The standardized entries -- from abelia to zygopetalum -- are augmented by color photographs on each page, a glossary, an index by common plant names, and a recent American Horticultural Society plant heat-zone map complementing the standard USDA hardiness one. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789419439
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1092
  • Product dimensions: 9.62 (w) x 11.48 (h) x 2.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword


How to use this encyclopedia
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Introduction
Botany for the gardener
The Plant kingdom
The Life of a plant
Leaves
Flowers
Cultivation
Hardiness
Gardening in different regions
The garden environment
Outdoor cultivation
Care under glass
Pruning
Pruning groups
Propagation
Plant problems
Organic issues and native plants
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Ornamental Plant Groups
Trees
Shrubs
Climbers
Perennials
Rock plants
Annuals and biennials
Bulbous plants
Orchids
Bromeliads
Cacti and other succulents
Palms and cycads
Ferns
Aquatic plants
Grasses and bamboos
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The A - Z Plant Directory
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Glossary
Common names
Acknowledgments



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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 1999

    Less than one.

    Nice pictures. Lots of worthless junk. Who cares about the family history. You advertise this as some sort of answer to all questions. Nothing about how to prune, when to fertilize , care and feeding, etc. What a waste of time and money.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2006

    A Must Have For Serious Gardeners

    I'm a Hanover, Va. Master Gardener and this is the most helpful reference book that I've ever used. What a treat wish I had this years ago!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2001

    Great for all garnders who love learning more about plants

    This book tells you all you need to know and more about selecting, planting and caring for plants, shrubs, and trees. It is detailed yet easy to understand and has beautiful photos.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2000

    The Ultimate Gardening Book!!!!

    But anyway, this book is outstanding! I have the older edition of this book, and my hubby just got me the new one. Its awesome! My hubby has seen me drool over it and flip through it hundreds of times and now he finally picked one up for me! YAY! This is a must have for any gardener. There is nothing it leaves out. No matter what kind of gardener you are, amateur, master or professional, this is a must have book. Worth EVERY last penny!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2000

    Excellent book

    This is an outstanding reference book. Lots of helpful, easy to access informations. High-quality images make it extremely easy to recognize flowers and plants. A 'must have' for every flower and gardening lo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2000

    The Perfect Book For Picking Out The Perfect Plant!

    This book has just about every plant there is! In the beginning you get lots of information on pruning, propagating, cultivation of all types of plants. In each plant description it tells you the height and width every one will be. When the plant, shrub, or tree will bloom and what the blooms look like. It tells you the cultivation, propagation, and pests and diseases for every plant and of course the zones it will grow in. It has a great zone map in the back too that breaks the states down into the different counties...much more accurate! It also tells you all the different parts of the plants, different types of leaves, flowers, growths...great book for a budding botanist in the family! There are lots of beautiful pictures too. It does list every plant by it's latin name but the back has all the common names and what pages they are on. Anyone with half a brain will be able to pick out the right plant for the right spot with this book! This book is almost 1100 pages, well constructed, and heavy! A perfect compliment to any gardening book is: 10,000 Garden Question, Answered by 20 Experts, Edited by Marjorie J. Dietz. It is not a flashy book. There are only a few black and white drawings but it answers a lot of questions. It's one of my gardening bibles!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2000

    Almost all plants & trees are listed!

    I've been so frustrated with most books because of their limited numbers of plants listed. THIS ONE IS GREAT! So far I've only found one plant that isn't listed and described in this book.

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