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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; 3rd edition edition (12 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160469095X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604690958
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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, November 21, 2002"

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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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jax on 16 Nov. 2010
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I am currently undertaking the RHS Horticulture certificate and this book was recommended by our teacher - since buying it, I've found it to be really informative and well written and pitched at the right level for a beginner in botany. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to understand more about the basics of plant growth and reproduction.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By King Mummy on 16 Jan. 2011
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I bought this for my brother who is a keen environmentalist focused on developing his horticultural skills. He was very happy with it. It's on the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) recommended reading list apparently.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Doug TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Feb. 2012
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I used to be the Head of Horticulture at a College and have bought dozens of copies of this book for library and student use.

It is in my opinion the best book on the market at the moment as an introduction to botany.

Why?

It takes what can be at times a dry subject and makes it fascinating for the reader.

It takes what can be at times a complex subject and makes it easy to understand.

So, in a nutshell, this is an excellent book, which has enough factual detail to make it good for all those studying Gardening or Horticulture to Level 3, is entertaining to read, and which really explains why our plants do the things they do.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jane Durrant on 16 Aug. 2011
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Botany for gardeners will either remind you of all you have forgotten from school or if like me you missed out on it provide a very readable but thorough and interesting insight into the world of plants and life in general
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Dodd on 26 April 2012
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I read this book from cover to cover not long after it arrived. I found it interesting, well written and very informative. For someone with no formal botany background it dealt very well with the basics of how plants grow and (admirably) also with basic genetics. Particularly astounding were the photographs of cell division, which made the diagrams themselves more believable (not that I wouldn't have believed them without the photos, but it was just very interesting to see the photographs, if you will, faithfully reproduce the essence of the diagrams). I fully recommended this book to anyone who, like me, is interested in acquiring knowledge of botany and doesn't know where to start. The only very slightly irritating thing was the North American slant, such that plants were rarely (if ever) our own...but that's really a very small quibble. Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cowgirl on 25 Nov. 2011
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Bought this book after borrowing it from the college library. For students of the RHS courses it's an essential read, giving clarity and greater understanding of the the botany subjects covered in language that's very user-friendly, particularly for the less experienced and those whose school days were a long time ago.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Calum on 16 Feb. 2012
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While perfection is a word I seldom use, I've still decided to give this book a maximum rating of five stars because in comparison with others of its kind it is far superior. If it's the kind of thing you want, then this book is the best you'll find.
With a budding interest in plants (pardon the pun), one is often caught in the gulf between plant encyclopaedias, gardening books and university textbooks - with little or no general botany books in between. There seems to be nothing out there explaining how plants work, how they do what they do or how they've come to be what they are without first requiring a degree in biology prior to reading. However, this book does it!
I found the title misleading. It seems to suggest it is yet another horticultural gardening book discussing matters of pruning and depths of which to plant bulbs, but actually it's a far more scientific yet approachable book than that.
Capon has managed to write the only book I am as of yet to find that successfully communicates the general basis of botany to anybody who has the desire to care.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. H. Armstrong on 18 Sept. 2013
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This is an excellent book that relates the science of botany to the day to day world of gardening. It is well structured, with descriptions and explanations that are well supported by diagrams and photographs etc . Brian Capon is an accomplished university lecturer whose communication skills are apparent. For those not familiar with any botany terms there is a glossary at the back.When you have read this book your understanding of the plant as a complex organism will be more cohesive. But Brian Capon also leaves you in no doubt that there is much to learn about plants and is himself still mystified by the 'life force' within each plant.
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