The late John Kelly, an extensive contributor to gardening literature and the BBC's Gardener's World program, presents an authoritative, alphabetically arranged plant directory covering more than 4000 plants with over 400 genres represented through the support of the Hillier Arboretum. An excellent introduction to using the guide is followed by plant hardiness zone maps and discussions of basic biology, theory and practice, selection and purchase, care and maintenance, pest and diseases, plant propagation, plant names, and plant selection. These serve as the prologue for the plant directory, listing trees, shrubs, conifers, climbers, and bamboo. The descriptions cover such details as plant size, flower color, rate of growth, special plant attributes, and hardiness for both the United States and Canada. Superb full-color photography accompanies the plant descriptions. The index gives common names, gardening terms, and techniques, and italic page numbers refer to photographs and illustrations. An earlier Hillier work of horticultural-historical comparison is Sir Harold Hillier, Desmond Clarke, Roy Lancaster, and P.H.B. Gardner's catalog of plants, Hillier Manual of Trees and Shrubs (1972), an inspiration for the present publication. Carefully composed and well written, this reference source is highly recommended for all public and academic libraries with horticultural collections, as well as special libraries in the fields of botany and horticulture.Daniel Kalk, Enfield, Ct.
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