paper, 256 pp., $27.50
Ken Druse’s love of plants and his skills as an author and photographer shine on every page of this wonderfully illustrated and thoroughly documented explanation of plant propagation. This paperback edition, based on the original 2000 cloth edition published by Clarkson Potter, starts with an excellent description of the science of propagation, examining varieties of seeds and ultimately their collection and storage. He then describes vegetative propagation, devoting chapters to cuttings, grafting, division, and other aspects. Text, abundant illustrations, and supplementary discussion help you understand these options. A plant propagation guide at the end of this work describes basic techniques for some 700 genera, followed by a cross listing of common names, resources (sources for equipment, seed, and company—in the form of horticultural societies and clubs), glossary, bibliography, and index. The sheer amount of information in this book is amazing. Any gardener interested in propagation should include this work in their library.
— Elaine M. Juhl, master gardener, Chicago Botanic Garden