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American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants (The American Horticultural Society) Hardcover – 18 Oct 2004

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  • Hardcover: 1104 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley); Revised edition (18 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756606160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756606169
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 6.4 x 29 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,709,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Brickell was awarded the CBE in 1991 for his services to horticulture and has published several books including the RHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers from DK. Christopher is based in Sussex.

Product Description

American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants With over 15,000 entries and updated from the original "A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants"Qwhich sold over 190,000 copiesQthis is undoubtedly the most complete and authoritative garden plant guide ever published. Includes hundreds of new plants and photos. 0-7566-0616-0$80.00 / DK Publishing, Inc. Full description

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97 of 99 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Referance 26 Dec. 1999
By J.H. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is the ultimate reference guide for the home gardener. The pictures and detailed information is staggering. There are also sections for creating your own garden with some very good drawings. Maps show the temperature zones and planting times. The only downside(which is minor) is the plants are listed by their botanical name and not the common name. There is a section in the back that cross-referances them so you won't be totally lost. This minor inconvienance may not affect more advanced gardeners. The lack of an index also is a short-coming. Over all though, this book has the most comprehensive information in one volume. Highly recommended.
78 of 80 people found the following review helpful
Make this the very first gardening book you buy! 18 Oct. 1999
By Dee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is the book that makes my gardening dreams possible, it is never far from my side. I guess I would call it a reference book because it is packed with information, but don't let that scare you away. There are a staggering 15,000 plants described with 6,000 photographs. Each plant's cultural needs, botanical name, hardiness and method of cultivation are mentioned however briefly. The book is well organized and easy to use. It isn't hard to find a 4-5 ft shrub that blooms pink in summer, or whatever your garden needs are. This book is also beautiful; I look at it for fun all winter long...sweet dreams til summer's sunbeams find you.
74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
Your coffee table garden plant reference for years to come! 3 Mar. 2000
By slowolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the new garden plant reference book for the home or professional gardener. Although it is set up by Family/Genus/Species/Variety, there is a handy common name index in the back of the book. Extensive varietal color photos make this book a must for the flower enthusiast. There is also an excellent reference on plant terminology in the front of the book. Since I live in the western US, my plant reference book of choice has always been the Sunset Western Garden Book. This book has since taken it's place as my preferred, but the Western Garden Book does have some plants that are not listed in this book. However, there are many times more plants not listed in the Western Garden Book that are found in this book. Highly Recommended!
39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Good book for identifying plants 20 April 2000
By Lisa Huffman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I identified alot of plants I had & didn't know what they were. It was hard to put this book down once I started reading through it. I find something new every time I look at it. I wish they had put the common names with the latin name of each plant. The common names are cross referenced in the back & you have to flip back & forth trying to match the names.
42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Easy Hoeing 3 Oct. 2001
By Don Kline - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Many people have praised this book already. I will not be redundant but will describe what are to me the book's most valuable features: its design, comprehension and convenience.
This book is designed with sophistication. Its layout is fun to the eye and is easy-to-read due to its simple and consistent organization and clear uses of typography. Its photography is first-rate, descriptive and true-to-life with none of the false saturated colors of some plant catalogues.
"A-Z" is that-comprehensive. The plant listings are preceded by brief but helpful sections, totaling 45 pages, on botany, cultivation [under glass or in the garden with useful information on pruning, plant hardiness, propagation, etc] and ornamental plant groups [cacti, ferns, aquatic and rock plants, etc.] This book is truly encyclopedic and as thorough as it can be in 1095 pages- there are 26 pages and 310 photos of roses alone-with no hype or unusable information.
This book is convenient, despite its weight. After purchasing this and its companion volume, the "AHS Encyclopedia of Gardening," I gave away about four linear feet of other gardening and horticultural books. This volume, though, is the one that stays by the door to the garden all summer and by my bed all winter.
"A-Z"'s high standards authenticate the authority of the American Horticultural Society, reflect its editors' concern for quality and gives voice to its contributors' erudition and expertise. You can virtually garden with this book without leaving your armchair.
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