- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Timber Press; Rev Ed edition (15 Jan. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0881926558
- ISBN-13: 978-0881926552
- Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.4 x 15.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Botany for Gardeners Paperback – 15 Jan 2005
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In this magical little volume Capon covers the entire breadth of botanical science in concise, clear terms that anyone can understand and enjoy, but he doesn't make the mistake of talking down to the reader. [This review refers to the first edition] San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles 19910501 With its many color photographs, its discursive style, and its comprehensive glossary, Botany for Gardeners is a joy to read. [This review refers to the first edition] HortIdeas 19900901 A book such as this should be in every workshop, potting shed and mess room. [This review refers to the first edition] American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta Newsletter 19901101 Capon's writing is interesting and engaging. He makes botany sound as interesting as it really is. To those who think that plants don't do anything, he says: 'Throughout every moment of a plant's life, activities of inconceivable complexity take place beneath a deceptive facade of effortlessness and tranquillity.' [This review refers to the first edition] -- Stanley Rice Academic Library Book Review 19950201 If you ever wanted to know why a plant reacts the way it does, this book is for you. [This review refers to the first edition] American Herb Association Quarterly Newsletter 19990901 Those who enjoy and are fascinated by plants and gardening, would enjoy them even more with the help of this book. [This review refers to the first edition] Northeastern Naturalist 19980901 Written for those who would like to do more than simply 'get by' with intuitive knowledge about plants. [This review refers to the first edition] Northeastern Naturalist 19980901 Gives the basics in a layperson's language, and it's not the size of a typical scientific tome, which in my book recommends it highly. [This review refers to the first edition] -- Dulcy Mahar Oregonian 20021121 This is a reference that should be on the desk of everyone interested in plants. [This review refers to the first edition] -- Ann Milovsoroff Pappus 20030128 This self-styled 'introduction and guide' for gardeners is a fascinating look at how plants grow. Well-written with diagrams to illustrate concepts, the book should be on the list for every serious gardener who has always wanted to know a little bit more about how things work. [This review refers to the first edition] Ontario Gardener 20020211 I highly recommend this book ... Learning new things would be such a pleasure if we had more such books. [This review refers to the first edition] -- Barbara Joe Hoshizaki Fiddlehead Forum 20030307 This is a book that you will want to keep in your horticultural library for future reference. -- George Graine Virginia Master Gardeners Association Report 20050221 A combination of crisp, friendly writing and detailed, understandable illustrations (both line drawings and photographs) yields a great book that will be a welcome addition to the reference shelf. -- Kim Long Bloomsbury Review 20050315 [This] is an instructional, scientific text written specifically in everyday language for gardeners, horticulturists, and lay people. Wisconsin Bookwatch 20050301 This book unwraps the mystery of the how and why of botany at a level we can understand. Virginia Master Gardeners Association Report 20050412 [Capon] tells it like it is, reminding the reader along the way what remains a mystery even to trained botanists. This book will give you answers to many of your questions - and answers to questions you did not know you had. -- Peter Kendall American Rhododendron Society Journal 20060101 Botany for Gardeners is a handy reference book for all questions relating to the growth of plants and the processes of seed germination, growth, photosynthesis, development of roots and shoots, reproduction, and adaptation. -- Rosemary Read Social Gardener 20060401 Not just for gardeners, this book is highly recommended for all who are curious about the world around them. -- Marilyn K. Alaimo Chicago Botanic Garden 20060301 A fascinating book for the curious gardener. -- Ellen Barcel Setauket Times Beacon Record 20091203
About the Author
Brian Capon, a native of Cheshire, England, was educated in England, Canada, and the United States, receiving a Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Chicago. For thirty years he was Professor of Botany at California State University, Los Angeles, where he taught courses ranging from undergraduate general botany to advanced subjects for graduate students. He retired in 1991 as Professor Emeritus. His other book, Plant Survival: Adapting to a Hostile World, was published by Timber Press in 1994, and he occasionally writes on various topics. He is an accomplished landscape and still life painter, enjoys photography, and has traveled extensively throughout the world. Gardening, cooking, and attending plays and opera are among his many pleasures.
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If, like me when I started, you have very little knowledge of botany, you may find that 'Principles of Horticulture' by Adams, Bamford & Early is a better starting point. I used to read a chapter in PoH for the basics and then turn to Capon for a more satifactory level of detail.
Capon became the "Bible" of our botany class and we referred to it constantly as we struggled to understand and retain the botanical knowledge we needed.
It is written in a way that almost feels like reading a novel. I am going to read it again as I found that writing notes were distracting me away from the pleasure of reading the book itself. It also makes me wonder why when I was at schoool they didn't teach us all those interesting things the book so easily and magnificently tours us about. Wow, I have learnt so much!
In a nutshell, it feels like you are a reading a BBC cum National Geographic documentary book. Nevertheless the only downside of the book is the diagramation and the coordination of space between pictures and text, not the content's fault and should definitely not decrease even a 0,0001 star from its stellar 5 star rating.
The book assumes very little previous knowledge and covers key concepts in a fundamental way.
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Really enjoyed this book was easy to read with plenty of photos and diagrams to explain the subject, will be one that will be kept on my shelf for future reference. Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2013 by Amazon Customer
This is a very clear and easily understood guide to the various aspects of botany which help the curious gardener understand what's going on in his garden.Published on 11 Dec. 2010 by camelot
fantastic introduction to botany. It is an easy read without being patronising. Would reccommend to anyone interested in botany/gardening.Published on 6 Jun. 2010 by hostelgirl
Excellent diagrams and photos really help the gardener understand botany in a clear way. I found this book very useful - just the right depth of knowlege I need and very readable. Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2010 by mr_fin
This has to be the best book I have ordered in years!
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This book was recommended to me by my tutor to assist with my studies for RHS 2. I find the written information and the excellent descriptive photographs and drawings it contains... Read morePublished on 22 Dec. 2009 by C. Dixon-gladstone