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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A roster of noted horticulturalists and garden writers here assemble one of the most comprehensive gardening encyclopedias to address the hobbyist. The book provides solid information on garden design, planting, maintenance and tools, but is more valuable for its straightforward, detailed entries on hundreds of popular plants, including herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables. Each entry offers a biography of the plant, from height, color and form to soil, light, and pH requirements, then carefully outlines means of propagation, followed by a short but descriptive list of the selected species. Additional chapters discuss in general terms roses, shrubs, vines, ground covers, ornamental grasses and more. A particularly useful chapter explores the gardening year month by month for four different geographic zones. Remarkably rich yet concise, the volume will become a friend to nearly anyone planting, growing, harvesting or enjoying the fruits of their labors. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr.)
Library Journal
In this easy-to-scan reference guide, six well-known garden writers provide a huge amount of information for the beginner and intermediate gardener interested in flower, herb, and vegetable growing. Over one-third of the book covers individual flowers with general comments, step-by-step growing instructions, and a listing of popular species and cultivars. Sections for herbs and vegetables follow the same format. Shrubs, vines, ground covers, and grasses are discussed in less detail with information on these plants partially presented in tables at the end of the book. Four extensive chapters focus on tools and equipment and general gardening techniques, including site selection, soil preparation, and general plant care. Calendars for the four major geographic areas of the United States outline gardening tasks for each month of the year. The price makes this informative work a bargain for public libraries. Recommended.-- Dale Luchsinger, Athens Area Technical Inst., Ga.
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Taking a page from the world's most successful cookbooks, this wonderful gardening manual treats gardening tasks like so many recipes, providing a list of ingredients and clear-cut instructions to guide beginners every step of the way. Filled with basic information, the book does not ignore horticultural complexities; rather, it makes them easier to understand. Learn about plant types, growing ranges and hardiness zones, seasons and soils, and disease and pest control, and discover the best way to handle everyday tasks like watering, fertilizing, transplanting, much more. "Remarkably rich yet concise..." --Publishers Weekly. B&W illus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780025780354
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/9/1991
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 7.84 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 1.66 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2000

    If you only buy one book...

    Two years ago, my wife and recently purchased a 5 acre lot with no landscaping or gardening to speak of. It's a blank slate. We've since purchased and used about 10 books, many of which have been good. But this one is great. It has a month by month breakdown of what needs to be done, good info on just about anything you can think of, and a reference guide for just about anything you want to plant. If you only buy one book, this is definitely the one. My one criticism is that it has a slight bias toward Eastern gardens and flowers (I live in the NW, and am planting lots of trees and shrubs). Still, I use this book 10 times more than any other I own.

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