Encyclopedias

The Oxford Companion to the Garden

Author: 
Patrick Taylor, editor
Publisher: 
Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 
2006
ISBN: 
0-198-66255-6

hardcover, 554 p., $65.00

Gardens of the British Isles are the major focus in this classic resource on designed landscapes around the world. General editor Patrick Taylor describes the goal of the book in this way:

“...our intention [is] to give a clear idea of the sort of gardens made in those countries in which gardening has been a significant ingredient of the culture, and to cover those in which it looms less large but is nonetheless of great interest.”

Volume: 
8
Number: 
6

Firefly Encyclopedia of Trees

Author: 
Steve Cafferty (editor)
Publisher: 
DK Publishing
Publication Date: 
2004
ISBN: 
1–554–07051–1

cloth, 288 p., $49.95

What is a tree? This query will challenge the most knowledgeable authorities because of the diversity of the subject and the many exceptions to a definition. As editor of this reference work, British botanist Steve Cafferty has broadened the traditional requirements in the classification of a tree so that more plants than ever before now fall into this category. The text also reflects the taxonomic changes that have taken place during the last two decades.

Volume: 
7
Number: 
5

The American Horticultural Society A–Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants

Author: 
Christopher Brickell and H. Marc Cathey (editors-in-chief)
Publisher: 
DK Publishing
Publication Date: 
2004
ISBN: 
0–756–60616–0

cloth, 1,099 p., $80.00

This exceptional reference source is suitable for home gardeners, horticulturalists and libraries. At 1,099 pages, this is a comprehensive book with in-depth descriptions of 15,000 ornamental plants in 2,000 genera appropriate for North American gardens. Alphabetically organized by botanical name and containing a common name index at the back makes this a very user-friendly book. Color photographs accompany the detailed entries that list information on cultivation, propagation, and pests and diseases.

Volume: 
7
Number: 
5

Encyclopedia of Plant and Crop Science

Author: 
Robert M. Goodman
Publisher: 
Marcel Dekker
Publication Date: 
2004
ISBN: 
0–824–70944–6

cloth, 1,329 p., $395

Don’t be fooled: this one-volume, 1,329-page, alphabetic encyclopedia may seem daunting, but it’s really user friendly and easy to navigate. The Encyclopedia of Plant and Crop Science contains hundreds of entries on the plant sciences. Each entry presents scholarly information on the topic, a conclusion, a list of articles of further interest, and references. Some also contain black and white illustrations, graphs, or tables. Additionally, a complete subject index is at the end of the encyclopedia.

Volume: 
6
Number: 
5

Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants: Identification and Cultivation of Over 3,000 Tropical Plants

Author: 
Ahmed Fayaz
Publisher: 
Firefly Books
Publication Date: 
2011
ISBN: 
978–1–554–07489–1

cloth, 720 pp., $75.00

This encyclopedia will become the standard reference book on tropical plants. The research for this volume was a mammoth task, using the latest nomenclature and plant systematics to develop a comprehensive and useful text. The plants are arranged according to evolutionary order, rather than alphabetically by generic name, so that the identification and comparison of similar plants is easier.

Volume: 
14
Number: 
1

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