The Pruning Book

The Pruning Book
Author: 
Lee Reich
Publisher: 
Taunton Press
Publication Date: 
2010
ISBN: 
978–1–600–85095–0

Paper, 233 pp., $21.95

This phenomenally comprehensive guide to pruning is highly recommended for all gardeners’ libraries. A retired agricultural scientist and author, Lee Reich covers the purposes of pruning, plant response to pruning, and the proper tools for such plant care in this well organized text. He specifically examines the care of different plant types — deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs, ornamental vines, edible fruits and nuts, and herbaceous and house plants. He relates pruning principles for different plant forms: pollarding, pleaching, topiary, standards, mowing, bonsai, and espalier. There is a glossary of terminology and a helpful listing of tool suppliers. An index assists the gardener in quickly finding the information for a specific plant. Readers will certainly agree with the author on the depth of this work: “I have attempted to include nearly every plant that might benefit from pruning.”

— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden

Volume: 
12
Number: 
2