Dirr's Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs

Dirr's Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs

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by Michael A. Dirr
     
 

With Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs and Dirr's Trees and Shrubs for Warm Climates, Michael Dirr set the gold standard for horticultural reference. This season, Timber Press is proud to publish his seminal work, Dirr's Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs, the most comprehensive visual reference on this important subject. A combination of Dirr's

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With Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs and Dirr's Trees and Shrubs for Warm Climates, Michael Dirr set the gold standard for horticultural reference. This season, Timber Press is proud to publish his seminal work, Dirr's Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs, the most comprehensive visual reference on this important subject. A combination of Dirr's bestselling books under one cover, adding new plants, new photographs, plus all new commentary in Dirr's signature style, it is the bible of woody plants.

From majestic evergreens to delicate vines and flowering shrubs, Dirr features thousands of plants and all the essential details for identification, planting, and care, plus full-color photographs showing a tree's habit in winter, distinctive bark patterns, fall color, and more. In a class by itself for its quality of information, the best researched recommendations for hardiness in the industry, beautiful photography, and Dirr's own preeminence as a master plantsman, Dirr's Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs is a critical addition to any garden library.

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Editorial Reviews

Working Mom's Garden Blog
“Excellent and thorough coverage… I would recommend this book to any gardener seeking a definitive book on woody landscape plants for North America.”
— Jessie Keith
Booklist
The world of trees and shrubs is dealt with as thoroughly as anyone has done it before.
Better Homes and Gardens
“Long regarded as the nation’s foremost expert on trees and shrubs, Dr. Dirr… draws on his encyclopedic knowledge and years of personal experience with trees and shrubs.”
GeorgeWeigel.net
“For obsessed plant geeks, this 8-pound tome gives renowned Prof. Michael Dirr’s rundown on just about every woody plant you’d ever want to grow (and lots you wouldn’t.) It’s got color photos, too.”
— George Weigel
Garden Design Online
“Whether you're a landscape designer or architect or just a garden enthusiast, you can't do without either of these (Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees & Shrubs and the Manual of Woody Landscape Plants) books. The new Dirr Encyclopedia is a sheer delight, and way too long in coming!”
— Jane Berger
GardenRant - Erica Glasener
“If you're the type of gardener who likes to settle in with big, fat reads over the winter, Dirr's 8-pound (I weighed it) "Encyclopedia of Trees & Shrubs" (Timber Press) could keep you occupied until April.”
PAllenSmith.com
“His book Manual of Woody Landscape Plants has been a go to reference around the office years so we're excited about his latest book.”
— P Allen Smith
GreenProfit Buzz
“A new gold-standard.… [R]efreshingly readable and personable for a reference manual. This book will be your personal Dr. Dirr ready and willing to advise you and your customers on the right plant for the right purpose.”
— Ellen Wells
OC Register
“If you're the type of gardener who likes to settle in with big, fat reads over the winter, Dirr's 8-pound (I weighed it) "Encyclopedia of Trees & Shrubs" (Timber Press) could keep you occupied until April.”
— Cindy McNatt
EricaGlasener.com
“…[H]e grows or has grown many of the plants he writes about. Fortunately for the rest of us, his passion for plants continues and this book is bound to gain him even more fans.”
— Erica Glasener
GardenRant
“Professor Michael A. Dirr is THE MAN when it comes to woody plants. And I agree –‘smart, opinionated, comprehensive, wonderful’ - all true!”
— Susan Harris
Upstate Gardeners' Journal
“A gorgeous updated version of the classic. Do you need it? Yes!”
— Jane Millman
Nursery Management Magazine
“Michael A. Dirr does not disappoint."
The Washington Post
“Dirr has guided discerning gardeners for decades -- he has made the American landscape a better place.”
— Adrian Higgins
AWayToGarden.com
“The man we have all relied on for decades outdoes even himself in sussing out the woody-plant picture today.”
— Margaret Roach
Cuttings
"More like an arboreal expose than an encyclopedia, everyone who has something woody in their life needs to own a copy of this book…Dirr’s Hardy Trees and Shrubs helps us separate the dynamos from the dregs"
The American Gardener
“This is likely to become a standard reference for including trees and shrubs in gardens of all types. Highly recommended.”
The Oregonian
"More like an arboreal expose than an encyclopedia, everyone who has something woody in their life needs to own a copy of this book…Dirr’s Hardy Trees and Shrubs helps us separate the dynamos from the dregs"
Smith Mountain Laker Magazine
“Dirr’s frank and often witty assessments make his works all the more special, unique, and fun to read.”
Tri-Valley Herald
"This is an important and valuable book, truly Michael Dirr's magnum opus, and well worth the price."
Country Gardens
"Dirr... fills the text with fascinating information for the gardener, landscape architect, and all those curious about the trees and shrubs they may encounter."
GreenProfit Buzz - P Allen Smith
“Seasoned gardeners, landscape professionals including nursery and garden center personnel, designers, architects and enthusiastic beginners need look no further.”

OC Register - Ellen Wells
“His book Manual of Woody Landscape Plants has been a go to reference around the office years so we're excited about his latest book.”
EricaGlasener.com - Cindy McNatt
“A new gold-standard.… [R]efreshingly readable and personable for a reference manual. This book will be your personal Dr. Dirr ready and willing to advise you and your customers on the right plant for the right purpose.”
Upstate Gardeners' Journal - Susan Harris
“…[H]e grows or has grown many of the plants he writes about. Fortunately for the rest of us, his passion for plants continues and this book is bound to gain him even more fans.”
Working Mom's Garden Blog - Jane Millman
“Professor Michael A. Dirr is THE MAN when it comes to woody plants. And I agree –‘smart, opinionated, comprehensive, wonderful’ - all true!”
Nursery Management Magazine - Jessie Keith
“A gorgeous updated version of the classic. Do you need it? Yes!”
The Washington Post - Adrian Higgins
“Excellent and thorough coverage… I would recommend this book to any gardener seeking a definitive book on woody landscape plants for North America.”
AWayToGarden.com - Margaret Roach
“Michael A. Dirr does not disappoint."
Booklist - George Weigel
“Dirr has guided discerning gardeners for decades — he has made the American landscape a better place.”
Better Homes and Gardens - Jane Berger
“The man we have all relied on for decades outdoes even himself in sussing out the woody-plant picture today.”
GeorgeWeigel.net - James B. Calkins
“Dirr has added another well-written and slickly produced book to his volumes on plants used in ornamental horticulture. Educational as well as inspirational…this is likely to become a standard reference for including trees and shrubs in gardens of all types.”
Garden Design Online - Catriona Tudor Erler
“Long regarded as the nation’s foremost expert on trees and shrubs, Dr. Dirr… draws on his encyclopedic knowledge and years of personal experience with trees and shrubs.”
Booklist - Linda Scarth
“For obsessed plant geeks, this 8-pound tome gives renowned Prof. Michael Dirr’s rundown on just about every woody plant you’d ever want to grow (and lots you wouldn’t.) It’s got color photos, too.”
Cuttings - Barbara Mahany
“Whether you're a landscape designer or architect or just a garden enthusiast, you can't do without either of these (Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees & Shrubs and the Manual of Woody Landscape Plants) books. The new Dirr Encyclopedia is a sheer delight, and way too long in coming!”
From the Publisher
"Everything you will ever need or want to know about the...beauties in your own yard...is here."

"For any serious gardener, the expense of this book will be repaid many times over in the valuable advice and information it will impart, page by page and pound by pound.”

Library Journal
Dirr (horticulture, Univ. of Georgia) has been growing and breeding plants for years and has experience with all the plants in this book. This large volume combines Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs (1997) and Dirr's Trees and Shrubs for Warm Climates (2002), both considered authoritative volumes, and offers new entries on plants that have been developed in the last 10 to 15 years. The bulk of the book is the A-to-Z listing of plants by their botanical names, with short annotations and over 3500 color photos, including close-ups of flowers, leaves, and other parts of interest as well as full-plant views. There are 15 special topic listings—by flower color, flowering sequence, fall color, winter interest, salt or shade tolerance, moisture requirements, and plant form—which will help gardeners choose plants, as well as indexes of botanical and common names. BOTTOM LINE This book is a good reference for home gardeners, but the descriptions and photographs are not concise enough for botanists and have limited use for plant identification. This is not a necessary purchase for libraries that own the older volumes, unless they wish to provide for avid gardeners interested in new varieties or those who enjoy Dirr's personal observations.—Margaret Henderson, Virginia Commonwealth Univ. Lib., Richmond
Dominique Browning
The book that belongs on every serious gardener's shelf…Michael A. Dirr's encyclopedia is as charming as it is refined. Even the captions are full of personality.
—The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881929010
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/18/2011
Pages:
952
Sales rank:
140,122
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.60(h) x 2.10(d)

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