flexible covers, 480 pp., $14.95
The challenging craft of pruning ornamental garden plants and fruit crops is featured in this handy, pocket-sized guide written and illustrated by the editors and staff of DK Publishing. More than 200 popular plants are described and illustrated in color photographs and skeleton sketches that cover the reasons for and methods of pruning. Following an introductory section on the general methodology, the text is then organized into separate sections. Individual plants are listed in order by botanical names, followed by common names. The index has a reference listing of common names to assist the reader in identifying species. Each plant contains a sketch noting the aim of pruning and where to make the shoot cuts. This work is useful for both novice and experienced gardeners.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden