Library Journal - Library JournalAlthough this British series offers limited plant and gardening information, these pocket-sized books provide nothing that is not already available from American publishers. Old-Fashioned Roses covers old roses and their hybrids, wild roses and their hybrids, and rambling roses. Brief narrative descriptions of roses are included with photos of some plants. This guide is the most useful of the series and will be handy for the history and descriptions of old roses. Indoor Plants features drab green-and-gray sketches of over 350 indoor plants, along with a brief description of each plant and growing tips. As if to compensate for the plant sketches' lack of appeal, there is a 16-page section of color photos of selected plants. Less useful than the first two titles is Garden Plants, based on a 1981 edition. It features selected plants ranging from annuals to ferns and shrubs. The plant descriptive information is very brief. Most plants are illustrated with tiny color photos, and the quality of some photos is poor. The least successful of these guides is Gardening. Its five sections include garden design, tools, plants, lawns, and garden doctor. This is mostly a book of lists with brief descriptions of each item on the list (e.g., four ways to heat a greenhouse, three grass-seed mixtures for different purposes, etc.). Librarians needing to purchase gardening books in a series format should give serious consideration to the Taylor's Guides (Houghton) or the Time-Life gardening series. Both provide excellent information for gardening enthusiasts. The Beazley series is not recommended.Dale Luchsinger, Athens Area Technical Inst., Ga.
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