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  • Paperback: 744 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (20 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764525557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764525551
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 4.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Seven books in one deliver the dirt on gardening success Your one–stop guide to a beautiful garden – no experience required! Puzzled by pruning? Anguishing over landscaping? Can’t tell a hosta from a hyacinth? Don’t worry! This all–in–one reference delivers all the know–how you need to transform an ordinary backyard into a glorious garden. Drawing on the expertise of the National Gardening Association, this garden primer shows you how to have fun playing in the dirt – and start smelling the roses. The Dummies Way Coverage of the essentials and beyond Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Nifty navigational aids, such as thumbtabs and icons Tear–out cheat sheet A dash of humor and fun

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National Gardening Association: The National Gardening Association is the largest member–based, nonprofit organization of home gardeners in the United States. For more information about the National Gardening Association, write to 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT 05401 USA; or visit its Web site at Bob Beckstrom, coauthor of Landscaping For Dummies, is a licensed general contractor. He lives in northern California and enjoys building things, spending time outdoors, and sharing what he’s learned with other people. Bob has taught adult courses in house building and remodeling at The Owner Builder Center in Berkeley, California; and has written and edited extensively on home–improvement topics, including Decks & Patios For Dummies. Karan Davis Cutler, coauthor of Herb Gardening For Dummies, is a former magazine editor and newspaper columnist and the author of seven other garden books. She publishes regularly in horticultural magazines and is an eight–time winner of the Quill & Trowel Award from the Garden Writers Association of America. Kathleen Fisher, coauthor of Herb Gardening For Dummies, is former editor of The American Gardener, published by the American Horticultural Society. A longtime newspaper reporter, she now works as a freelance writer and editor. Phillip Giroux, coauthor of Landscaping For Dummies, graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in landscape architecture and ornamental horticulture. He established his landscape designing and building firm in 1978, and Philip is responsible for numerous large–scale projects, such as the Los Angles County Museum of Arts Sculpture and Japanese Pavilion Garden. Phillip has served as L.A. Chapter President for the California Landscape Contractors Association and is a member of the Royal Horticulture Society. Judy Glattstein, author of Flowering Bulbs For Dummies as well several other gardening books, is a garden consultant. She lectures extensively across the United States and abroad, and has twice spoken for the Royal Horticultural Society at their Great Autumn Show in London. Mike MacCaskey, coauthor of Gardening For Dummies, received a bachelor of science degree in ornamental horticulture from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo in 1976. He served as Editor–in–Chief of Vermontbased National Gardening Magazine, and his magazine writing has been honored by both the Western Magazine Publishers Association and the Garden Writers of America. Bill Marken, author of Annuals For Dummies, Container Gardening For Dummies, and coauthor of Gardening For Dummies, is the editor of Rebecca’s Garden Magazine, a publication from Hearst Magazines Enterprises based on a popular television show. Bill served as Editor–in–Chief of Sunset, the Magazine of Western Living, from 1981 to 1996. Earlier in his career, he wrote for the magazine’s garden section, pitched in on several editions of the bestselling Western Garden Book, and generally nurtured his interests in subjects related to gardening, landscaping, travel, and other aspects of the good life in the West. Charlie Nardozzi, author of Vegetable Gardening For Dummies, graduated from the University of Vermont in 1981 with a degree in plant and soil science. Charlie then spent three years in the Peace Corps in Thailand, helping farmers grow everything from rice to garlic, chili peppers, and mangoes. He returned to the United States and received a master’s degree in education, again from the University of Vermont. After working as a landscaper, he served as a horticulturist at the National Gardening Association for more than 10 years. Sally Roth, contributor to Landscaping For Dummies, is a lifelong naturalist, gardener, and writer. Her writing credits include books and magazine articles for several publishers. When she isn’t digging in her garden or out walking in the woods looking at birds, Sally listens to blues and folk music, reads, and plays a mean game of Scrabble. Marcia Tatroe, author of Perennials For Dummies, is a garden designer, lecturer, and writer who’s been fortunate to have the opportunity to live and garden in areas as diverse as Highland, California; Tacoma, Washington; Lompoc, California; the Netherlands; and south–central England. Marcia, also a former Master Gardener of several years for Colorado State University’s Cooperative Extension Program, says that tending the garden is one of her greatest passions, and she hopes that it’s contagious. Lance Walheim, author of Roses For Dummies and Lawn Care For Dummies, and coauthor of Landscaping For Dummies, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in botany. Shortly after, he started writing and researching books on gardening and since has authored or contributed to over 40 titles. He also has served as a writer for Sunset and National Gardening magazines. Ann Whitman, author of Organic Gardening For Dummies and Trees & Shrubs For Dummies, earned a bachelor of science degree in plant and soil science at the University of Vermont and went on to complete a master of arts in landscape design in Massachusetts. She’s been tending her own patches of soil for more than 25 years.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carriesunny on 1 May 2013
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The book is full of information for the starter and total green fingered person. Book arrived quickly my only problem with dummies doing creative hobby things is actually for new gardener starters we need pictures too, ok ok this sounds a bit uncouth but it does help us to see some beautiful things that we can aspire to. Dummies books are amazing for being a huge instruction manual but you need to buy some pretty books to go alongside it, I recommend RHS pocket guides for that or great huuuuge RHS Garden design book which doesn't go step by step in how to do things but shows amazing Gardeners work in full beauty. You need this book as a beginner as the beautiful books also feel daunting.
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This is an expensive book & although there is loads of info, there isn't 1 picture. Maybe it wasn't 'dummy' enough for us. Waste of money for absolute basic gardener.
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American book not for everyone
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! 16 Feb 2009
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This book is absolutely amazing!! We used to have gardens when I was little but, typical child that I was, I hated it and did not pay any attention. Now I am slowing down and want to do more than plant flowers (although I am not giving them up either!!) and don't know a darn thing about what to plant where. That is where this book comes in!

It has practical tips about what to plant together to balance the nutrients. What plants need the same amount of water and sun (so you don't plant a sun lover in the shade!). And it is so easy to find what you are looking for in a matter of minutes not hours (like some books I have looked at). Plus it doesn't assume you know all of the terminology of gardening (as if I know what air layering, complete flowers, dormant oil, soil sterilizing, and sweating plants are--just to name a few one book I picked up used).

This book is a must read for the basic beginner gardener who just wants to know what plants repel what pests and what should be planted where. It is a great, no-frills instruction manual that is user friendly. I would recommend it to anyone (except people who actually know what sweating plants are, and they probably don't need a guide anyway!!!).
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
More information about gardening than I even knew existed! 30 May 2009
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First of all, I am a true "gardening dummy". I am trying my hand with gardening for the first time in my life. I bought this book shortly after buying my first house (which came with a yard!) I have always loved the idea of growing lovely plants but have never really tried to do much gardening before. The thing that I really like about this book is that it touches so many subjects! For example, at first, I was reading about general information, plants, soil types, vegetable gardening, etc. but I have found that as I try to grow things in my yard, and a question or problem arises, I can usually find an explanation/solution in this book! It's not super-technical but it does a great job of explaining things to true gardening dummies!
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Focused on flowers 15 Jan 2010
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I got this book as a gift, and it is good. However, how it says "7 books in 1" on the cover, 6 of these are about landscaping and different types of flowers, only 1 is devoted to vegetables and herbs, which was what I was looking for. It looks great for a flower gardener / hobby landscaper though.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
What More Did I Need to Know? Plenty! 3 Jun 2010
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Whether you have just begun breaking ground in your new garden and have no green thumb of which to speak or you are curious about expanding your knowledge, this book has loads of information and easy-to-follow guidelines.
Here you can learn about annuals, perennials, grasses, you can learn how to build a retaining wall, learn all about vegetable gardens, learn about sun and shade plants and flowers, etc. I was very pleased with this book, and I use it as a reference guide.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
We snapped this book up ! 5 Feb 2012
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Wow Wow! We have many gardening books, but found this book for $3.00 minus a 15% discount used. The book is in great condition, with a minor tear on the bottom right front cover. Other than that the rest of the book is clean no missing pages or torn pages! Well worth the price for our budget!

We have many gardening books but wanted this one with all of the information combined in one book Gardening Basics, Garden Design, Roses, Perennials, Annuals, Bulbs, and vegetables and herbs.. it is just like the cover says seven in one books.. This book also has a gardening cheat sheet that shows growing seasons by hardiness zones, insects that are good for your plants, understanding fertilizer-ese, how much gravel, sand, and mulch to buy... And much much more!

This book has great illustrations and even a few colored pictures. This book also has a full color zone map of Eastern North America. This book has so much information.. You will gain a lot of gardening knowledge from this book, even if you are a beginner or have been gardening for years..

We did well with our veggie garden last year and are getting things in order for this years gardening season. We don't want to spend too much money on gardening so when we find a deal that is a steal it is right up our alley!

Well back to reading, so that we are prepared when it is time to plant and care for out garden! We had so many watermelons last year! Whew! Can't wait to see the beauty of our hands work!

Can't wait to reap the rewards! This book will make a good reference for your garden library!

Happy gardening and eating!
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