American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plantsby Christopher Brickell, Henry Marc Cathey, H. Marc Cathey
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The most comprehensive, detailed, and lavishly illustrated guide to garden plants ever published, first published in 1997, has now been completely revised to include nearly 250 new plants and photos. The AHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants is an essential reference for all gardeners, from novices to experts.
Author Biography: Dr. H. Marc Cathey is a renowned research horticulturist and President Emeritus of the AHS and Christopher Brickell has contributed to many DK gardening reference works.
The mission of the AHS is to open the eyes of all Americans to the vital connection between people and plants, and to inspire people to become responsible caretakers of the Earth.
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Great comprehensive book, with excellent pictures. Although listings are naturally by botanical name, index contains common names to make reference easy. More user friendly than Hortus. Good in combination with Dirr's Manual of Woody Landscape Plants and possibly Armitage's Herbaceous Perennial Plants, but for the average indiviual, this is a great one stop reference.
This book is a good research book as well as entertaining as one reviews each page. This book would make an excellent book for gardeners or someone who has an interest in plants. I wouldn't recommend this book if one does not have an interest in gardening or learning about plants.