paper, 143 p., $125
Plants have value beyond their aesthetic contributions to a landscape, and their value can be assessed monetarily. This book covers the subject thoroughly and is an indispensable professional guide.
An overview of the appraisal process is given first. Topics include factors affecting that process, such as species, size and location; three ways of approaching value, by cost, income and market; insurance and income tax deductions; and necessary tools. The writing of well-documented appraisal reports, as well as ethical and professional standards, is thoroughly reviewed. Included are specimen reports.
This publication is essential to the library of landscape architects and contractors, arborists and foresters. Its value to the nonprofessional, beyond a general interest in how plants are appraised, would be in ascertaining casualty claims and losses from those all-too-common spring and summer storms.
— Adele Kleine, Volunteer, Library, Chicago Botanic Garden, Master Gardener and writer for Chicagoland Gardening magazine.