American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Gardening

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An essential volume packed with authoritative advice for all gardeners, the AHS Encyclopedia of Gardening guides readers expertly through the latest gardening techniques, details information on garden planning and design, covers useful tools and materials, and features an extensive glossary of plants, including trees, shrubs, and perennials. Written by experts and endorsed by the American Horticultural Society, this is truly the most comprehensive gardening reference available. ...
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Overview

An essential volume packed with authoritative advice for all gardeners, the AHS Encyclopedia of Gardening guides readers expertly through the latest gardening techniques, details information on garden planning and design, covers useful tools and materials, and features an extensive glossary of plants, including trees, shrubs, and perennials. Written by experts and endorsed by the American Horticultural Society, this is truly the most comprehensive gardening reference available.

Author Biography: The American Horticultural Society educates and inspires people of all ages to become successful and environmentally responsible gardeners by advancing the art and science of horticulture.

This definitive encyclopedia offers 4,000 full-color photographs and 8,000 descriptions of plants.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Compiled by British editor in chief Brickell, the prestigious former director general of the Royal Horticultural Society, and Rogers, the U.S. consulting editor, this expanded revision of the 1993 original follows the same format as the first edition. "Part One: Creating the Garden" covers garden planning and design, major plant groups (ornamental trees and shrubs, climbing plants, roses, perennials, annuals and biennials, and bulbous plants), and types of gardens (rock, scree, and gravel gardens; water gardens; container gardens; cacti and other succulents; indoor gardens; herb, fruit, and vegetable gardens; and lawns). "Part Two: Maintaining the Garden" includes tools and equipment; greenhouses and frames; structures and surfaces; climate, soils and fertilizers; propagation; plant problems; and basic botany. However, there are substantial differences between the two editions. The 104 additional pages of the new edition include an "AHS Plant Heat Zone Map"; an updated "USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map"; a "Hardiness and Heat Zone Index," which gives the AHS codes for cold and heat tolerance for each plant; new techniques (shaping a topiary bird); more illustrated step-by-step sequences (planting bulbs in grass); more plant lists (trees that tolerate polluted air); new color photographs; and illustrations. The latest concepts in lifestyle garden design provide a new focus, with a new chapter on container gardening. Readers will not be distracted by the occasional Britishism, e.g., "Screens of living willow shield English villages from the sights and sounds of heavy traffic," as the principles involved can apply equally well to American sites. This beautiful, truly comprehensive, one-volume horticultural resource belongs in all gardening reference collections.-Nancy Myers, Univ. of South Dakota Lib., Vermillion Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
This Americanized edition of The Royal Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Gar dening (Dorling Kindersley, 1992) is a one-volume reference work that aims to answer all the basic questions a gardener may have. It should not be confused with The New Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening ( LJ 6/1/92), a four-volume set that appears to be eclipsing Hortus Third (Macmillan, 1976) as the authority for scientific plant names and descriptions. The Encyclopedia 's first section provides information on garden design and plant selection and cultivation. Part 2 considers maintaining the garden--choosing tools and greenhouse equipment, managing soils, and dealing with weeds and other plant problems. The work is illustrated throughout with color photographs and drawings. Unlike some British books that may only change the title for the U.S. edition, this volume has been carefully updated for American gardeners. The only term that does not survive the trip across the Atlantic is not frost hardy. To an English gardener this may be sufficient information, but for many U.S. gardeners the lowest tolerable hardiness zone is a major factor in choosing a plant for the garden. Yet, with the exception of zone information for specific plants, this book should answer the majority of practical gardening questions. It will be valuable in most reference collections.-- Virginia A. Henrichs, Chicago Botanic Garden Lib., Glencoe, Ill.
George Cohen
This is a comprehensive garden book, with nearly 700 pages and more than 3,000 color photographs. (The index alone is 56 pages of small type, from "Aaron's beard" to "zygote.") The first section, on creating the garden, deals with garden planning and design and major plant groups: trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and biennials, rock gardens, bulbous plants, succulents, herb gardens, fruit gardens, rose gardens, indoor gardens, and climbing plants. The second section, on maintaining the garden, covers tools and equipment, greenhouses and frames, structures and surfaces, climate, soils and fertilizers, plant problems, and propagation. The book was researched and written by 50 garden specialists and was four years in the making; it's the only reference book a gardener will ever need.
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A hefty volume subtitled: The Definitive Practical Guide to Gardening Techniques, Planning, and Maintenance. If one book can do it all, here is a good candidate. This publisher has a knack for making good use of clear, specific photos against a white background, and virtually every page of the Encyclopedia has pictures that communicate. No gimmicks, just solid advice, attractively presented. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564582911
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Series: AHS Practical Guides Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 648
  • Product dimensions: 9.54 (w) x 11.56 (h) x 1.53 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2002

    Extremely informative

    I bought this book because I wanted to learn how to start a garden. I wasn't getting very far before I bought it. Everything was dying! I feel like an expert now. This book shows you how to do everything the RIGHT way!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2000

    The one to turn too

    Although I might not advise this book for the beginning gardner, I have found it to be a must have. Anything I have had a question about I have been able to find information in this book. From expanding on ideas in other books to covering items I haven't found anywhere else, I would be lost with out it.

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