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Pruning and Training Plants: A Complete Guide [Hardcover]

David Joyce , Christopher Brickell
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14 Feb 2002
This comprehensive reference text explains the techniques involved in pruning and training plants as well as related subjects such as topiary. Step-by-step diagrams accompany the text and cover all possible areas of pruning, from tress and shrubs to soft fruit and climbers.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; 3rd Revised edition edition (14 Feb 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840005653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840005653
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 20.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,406,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lavishly illustrated to provide clear instructions, including excellent tips of how to espalier, pleach and create topiaries and geometric shapes. -- Steve Whysall "Vancouver Sun" (12/22/2006)

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David Joyce is a gardening writer and plant adviser. Books which of which he is author or general editor include Topiary and The Art of Training Plants, Garden Style: an illustrated historyof design and tradition, Hanging Baskets, Window Boxes, and Containers and Windowbox Gardening. The technical advisor, Christopher Brickell, is one of the most knowledgable and respected experts in the field of gardening. The Vice-President and former Director-General of the Royal Horticultural Society, he has been editor or technical advisor on several major gardening encyclopedias.

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5.0 out of 5 stars From the cover.... 2 Dec 2006
Pruning and training are the gardener's main ways of asserting control over plants, but many gardeners find them difficult to master. Here is the first full-length, fully illustrated book to deal exhaustively with both these important gardening techniques, as well as related techniques such as topiary.

Pruning and Training Plants uses specially commissioned colour photographs alongside approximately 300 step-by-step two-colour diagrams, covering all the important procedures. These show what the plant should look like before, during or after treatment; while the diagrams take you through an easy-to-follow agenda of precisely what to do when. Superb colour photographs are also used generously to show specimens that have been pruned or otherwise manipulated to look their best at all seasons of the year.

All the popular plants suitable for pruning or training (including greenhouse plants) are covered in an authoritative text that reflects the accumulated wisdom of some of the finest gardeners. Many of the practices covered are centuries old, others are relatively new. Extensive treatment is given to deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs, hedging plants, topiary, climbers, roses of all kinds, tree fruits, soft fruits, and vines. An A-Z Directory of Trees, Shrubs and Climbers provides quick-reference practical advice, fully cross-referenced to detailed instructions elsewhere in the book. Also included are a glossary of technical terms and a comprehensive index.

Pruning and Training Plants is an important and much-needed contribution to gardening literature appealing to all levels of expertise from the novice to the expert.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pruning and training review 29 July 2002
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A great book for both the experienced and novice gardener. Informative pictures, clear, concise and easy to follow.
However as many of us gardeners know the only way to prune is to get out there and do it! Mistakes will be made but hopefully not as many with this guide.
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