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The Royal Horticultural Society New Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers [Hardcover]

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23 Sep 1999
Included in this revised edition is a plant selector section grouping plants together by their specific features, for example plants with aromatic foliage, plants with fagrant flowers and flowers for cutting. Colour banded pages have been introduced to help the user locate groups of plants quickly.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd; 3rd edition (23 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751308005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751308006
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 24.1 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This essential work of reference has been given an update for the millennium making it an authoritative encyclopedia that no keen gardener should be without. So if your original copy is falling to pieces from constant use or you haven't yet got a copy, now would be the time to acquire one.

The value of this encyclopedia for the ordinary gardener is in the lay-out, which divides plants into categories by type (e.g. shrub, perennial, bulb), size, colour and season. This means that you can identify a plant by a series of quick steps and home-in on what you are looking for without needing any expert knowledge. Similarly if you are trying to select a plant for a particular situation you can make your own choice from the Plant Catalogue or use the newly-expanded Plant Selector section which lists recommended plants for specific purposes and even has a list of rabbit resistant plants!

The Plant Dictionary at the back of the book is alphabetically ordered by botanical name and gives descriptions, common names and information on cultivation and propagation for over 8,000 plants suitable for temperate gardens worldwide.

If you could only own one classic gardening book, the Royal Horticultural Society's Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers should really be it.--Stephanie Donaldson


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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful 1 Jun 2001
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A beautifully presented book, with plenty of useful sub-sections for helping you find the plants you want by picture and category. Also includes sections on designing your garden, and a plant dictionary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RHS book...Full of good plant ideas 1 Feb 2003
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This is excellent, not only does it show the plants in all their glory, but gives tips, advise and a wide range of ideas.
For a novice gardener, this is a bible to the amatuer gardner!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 17 Oct 2000
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If you only have one gardening book, then this would be a pretty godd one to get - it's very easy to use and look around, it's absolutely comprehensive, and wonderfully illustrated. There is plenty of information, without being pverwhelming, and offers good advise as to the suitability of each plants in differing environments. Definitely a good investment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars RHS bible for gardeners 1 May 2010
Absolutely marvellous and replaces the same encyclopedia that I bought in 1989.
Price and delivery superb. TKU,
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Garden Bible 10 May 2009
This is the best garden book I have ever bought. Absolutely everything is in this book. It is the only garden reference book that I am aware of thats really worth having.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 19 Jan 2014
By Joy S.
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It is all and more than I expected - a really good reference book. Have looked up many plants already. This book will last for many years.
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2001 Edition but in excellent condition and exactly as expected at a really good price. We are glad we found it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Royal Horticultural Society New Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers
This book was exactly as described by bookseller, used with a few marks on it. It was only about 2.00 plus postage, so considered a bargain. Read more
Published 6 months ago by I. Eastgate
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value
The book was in excellent condition, would highly recommend it.
For anyone who loves gardening this book is a must.
Published 6 months ago by Janet worboyes
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed
For a 10 year old book it is in remarkable condition. Cover a bit worn but book in good condition.
The contents never age and the quality of information is first class. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. G. Ingle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift
Bought this for my grandpas birthday as its the book i remember reading with him as a child, was a bit worried because it was second hand but it turned up in nearly perfect... Read more
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Ordered 30 June and arrived by courier four days later. Bought it as 'used' 'good' but it is far better than that. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Robert J
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good well presented book
This is a comprehensive book which is particularly useful for the less experienced gardener. My daughter is creating a garden from scratch and hence the information and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by TP Streatfeild-James
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i honestly think it is the only book I will ever need for my garden. It is so beautifully illustrated and a friend, who bought it new many years ago has alwats recommended it! Read more
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