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The American Horticultural Society A–Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants

The American Horticultural Society A–Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants
Christopher Brickell and H. Marc Cathey (editors-in-chief)
DK Publishing
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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.

The introduction contains useful sections on botany for the gardener, cultivation, and ornamental plant groups. More than 1,000 pages of the A–Z Plant Directory follow. Through use of concise wording and symbols, geographical origin, cultivars, height and spread, heat zones and hardiness zones are included with each plant entry. Additionally, a glossary and zone maps are included at the end with the common name index.

I highly recommend this book for its comprehensive coverage of garden plants, usability, and attractiveness of the layout and color photographs.

If I could choose only one book to take with me on a deserted temperate zone island, this would be it!

— Leora Siegel, Manager, Library of the Chicago Botanic Garden