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RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants Hardcover – 2 Oct 2003


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  • Hardcover: 1136 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; 3Rev Ed edition (2 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751337382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751337389
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 7.8 x 30.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 627,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Unfailingly accurate, supremely inspiring and wonderfully illustrated ... a must for any gardener' Alan Titchmarsh

'. . . you can't do without it. As a reference book it is unsurpassed.' Guardian

'Absolutely essential' BBC Good Homes

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Christopher Brickell was awarded the CBE in 1991 for his services to horticulture and has published several books including the RHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers from DK. Christopher is based in Sussex.

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122 of 124 people found the following review helpful By alan lee on 22 Jan 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am not much of a writer but I am honest and I bought this book to use as a reference to identify plants that appeared in Latin on a wholesale plant list,as my knowledge is limited to a few I can identify myself.
The book turned out to be two excellent volumes housed in their own folder/binder and were very heavy and well made with the original high price label still showing.When the post arrived delivering these I thought I had made an error and ordered too many they are so big.The illustrations are in full colour photo format with easy to understand information to suit novice and professional alike and I was so impressed I have bought my Dad one for his Birthday and one for my neighbour as she was so impressed with it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Carl on 30 Sep 2008
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This is an excellent and informative Book, a superb set to add to my already overflowing bookcase almost every plant your ever likely to to want information on is in these two books! from Abelia to Zycopetalum and over 6,000 stunning colour photographs and 15,500 detailed plant profiles just like the blurb says. The books come in a sturdy cardboard sleeve/box which does a good job of protecting them from the odd bump or scratch although I would recommend buying protective plastic dust jackets for extra protection. The first book also has a nice forward by the president of The Royal Horticultural Society, Peter Buckley and also a few very detailed pages explaining how to use the books as well as some useful pages entitled "Botany For The Gardener" which discuss topics ranging from plant kingdoms through to leaf and flower structure (the most detailed explanations which I have every seen!).

When I first paid for these books I couldnt help but feel some what disappointed at the price of but now that I have had the chance to actually read through them I understand the amount of work and effort which has gone in to them and I truly believe that there worth every penny that I've paid!.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By scotti on 18 April 2013
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Have just upgraded to this from the 1996 edition and am extremely disappointed. While it remains an excellent reference, I have several problems with it. First, the identification of varieties with the RHS Award of Garden Merit has disappeared which is very annoying. Yes, these can be found on the RHS website but I'm not happy to have spent £40 - £60 on this edition to then have to go and check the website for the "best" varities. Second, the most useful classification against varieties, and glossary, of shrub pruning groups has gone. Why? Third, as another reviewer has said, the publishers missed an opportunity in not grouping plants into categories (trees, shrubs, herbaceous, etc.) which would be of great assistance to those with limited knowledge of species or who are looking for plants in a specific category. Finally, and a small point, I feel that the reproduction of photographs/images is relatively poor compared to my earlier edition. Some look over-exposed, others somewhat out of focus and/or grainy.

For my purposes, and level of knowledge, I reckon I've wasted my money buying this edition.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A reader on 4 Oct 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have an older edition of this book (1996 version), which is in one volume and is very bulky/heavy so I was delighted to see that the newer edition has been split into 2 volumes. Working in the Landscape design industry, I have found this book to be a valuable reference source since leaving college and the book has stood up to daily use in the office from myself and my colleagues for the past six years! The alphabetical listing (I'm presuming the new edition is the same) is very useful because you don't have to go to an index first. It gives a huge amount of information about each species and even a description of many variants and cultivars. It is the perfect compliment to other books that divide the species into plant use e.g. plants best for shade etc. and I would highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By margaret Joy on 21 Oct 2011
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When asking for advise at our local garden centre I noticed the "expert" looked up A - Z Encyclopedia and thought thats what I want. Amazon had the best price and excellent reviews for the book so I bought it. I am thrilled with it as it is easy to use and so well illustrated. Looks good in your book case too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By vita brevis on 27 Aug 2009
Format: Hardcover
This pair of large volumes serves it's purpose very comprehensively in that it is mainly an alphabetical list of plants, over 15000, giving plenty of detailed information on each. Other sections are a basic introduction to gardening, a common names index and an index of botanical terms. It would be indispensable to more competant gardeners who already have books on gardening which cover a variety of topics in more detail, or are set out differently. In other words, these are not volumes to choose plants from, you'd have to know the plant name, then you can look it up and learn all about it.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Robinson on 21 Dec 2003
Format: Hardcover
I got sick of being a cook, so I've started an RHS General Certificate and letterboxing local Swiss as a garden maintenence service provider. I needed a comprehensive book covering the full range of plants I might encounter and this one's got them all! It begins by proceeding through the various ornamental plant groups (grasses, aquatic etc.), which is a bonus if you have no idea what you are looking for, because the initial groupings use many of the genus names which then allow you to attack what initially looks like an overwhelming book. It cost a fortune in Swiss francs but worth every penny. I suspect this book will be with me for life.
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