American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Gardening

American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Gardening

by Christopher Brickell
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

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.

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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.
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.
Booknews
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:
10/01/1993
Series:
AHS Practical Guides Series
Pages:
648
Product dimensions:
9.54(w) x 11.56(h) x 1.53(d)

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