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on 5 November 1999
I was looking for a complete encyclopedia of plants and flowers, not knowing much about either. This book is laid out in such a way that a non-expert can easily identify species. it is classified by size and colour of plant, for example, small blue flowers, large white flowered shrubs, trees, etc. The help given on where to plant, and caring for the plants is very useful. I rate it highly, especially as other reference works are classified alphabetically, which is no help at all for a beginner like me.
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on 5 September 2009
Firstly I'm reviewing the 2006 edition (which was actually not bought from Amazon).

Two-thirds glossy paper with lots of pictures, with expanded sections on common families, and the remainder plain given over to the Plant Dictionary and glossary. Well laid-out introductory sections with good explanations and lots of beautiful colour photography, making identification and comparison easy. Sections include:
Preface
How to use the book
Plant names and origins
Colour in the garden
Plant Selector
Plant Catalogue
Plant Dictionary including common names
Glossary

The Plant Catalogue is divided into the following sections:
Trees
Shrubs
Roses
Climbers
Perennials
Annuals & Biennials
Rock plants
Bulbs
Water plants
Cacti and other succulents.

Each section includes easy-to-understand explanations about classification and identification, etc. The Plant Dictionary is a complete listing of more than 8000 plants suitable for growing in temperate gardens worldwide. It includes full descriptions of the characteristics and cultivation of over 4000 plants not already covered in the Plant Catalogue.

One of my all-time favourite books.
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on 15 May 2012
I bought this book for a friend who is interested in the latin names of plants and flowers, the book condition was as described by the seller, in fact as new and which I thought was excellent value. It arrived on time and on giving it to my friend he was delighted with it. I would most certainly buy from this seller again should I require any books in the future.
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on 17 January 2016
this is a fabulous guide, i'd lent mine to a friend ages ago, who moved and lost touch so this is a replacement purchase for myself.

the pictures are fabulous, the descriptions simple enough but with enough detail, it's glossy pages make it more tactile. it's groups by plant type and colours and seasons, is brilliant to identify flowers and plants by and excellent to use for planning/designing garden layouts so you know what colour displays you'll get season by season (subject to unseasonal weather conditions not confusing plant life!!)
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on 27 March 2012
A brilliant book from the R.H.S. All you ever needed to know about plants with approx eight thousand named plants in this book, there is something for everyone. Beautiful pictures and easy to read text.
A must have for all gardeners.
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on 17 January 2014
Perfect condition and arrived promptly for birthday gift for my son. He is already puting it to good use in his new garden. Thank you. Margaret.
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on 19 January 2015
I bought this as a "used" book for a penny! amazing - nothing was wrong with this book at all and is a welcome addition to my library!
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on 28 March 2013
Very pleased with item and it looked brand new so it was very good value for money and i will from this person again
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on 16 November 2014
Reasonable. The pictures are not great, makes identification a bit of a chore.
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on 2 December 2015
great book full of good information ,will really help with my course thanks
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