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RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants (box set of 2 volumes) Hardcover – 5 Oct 2000


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  • Hardcover: 1080 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (5 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751304360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751304367
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 7.7 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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88 of 92 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Nov. 2000
The Royal Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants is a heavy packet of information about 15.000 garden plant taxa - species, subspecies, varieties and cultivars. Ca. 6000 colour photographs are included, so there is a photo of more than one third of the taxa, which makes this book stand out from the majority of other garden handbooks. The appearance and layout of the book attract to leaf through it, and the lucidity of the text makes reading a pleasure.
The first 47 pages (pp. 8-54) contain a botanical and horticultural introduction, short and compact, with ample illustration. The first section of this introduction explains the terms, abbreviations and symbols used in the book. The main part of the text is used to give information and practical hints for cultivation. Items such as hardiness of the plants, garden environment, cultivation outdoors, care under glass, pruning, propagation, pests, and diseases and other disorders are shortly covered. Ornamental plant groups are handled in 23 pages, clearly and informatively.
The actual contents of the book are the descriptions of the taxa. They are arranged alphabetically according to their Latin names. This is a practical choice, which makes it easy to find a plant with a known name. Of course, systematic order would have made it possible to identify unknown plants more easily by leafing the book and comparing them to their possible relatives. This is a matter of taste, and probably most non-botanists are satisfied with the solution. The most common synonyms are given (in small print), with a reference to the accepted name. Under each genus, there is a short account of the amount of the species, their distribution, description of the main characters, information about their flowering and use in the garden.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Meadoward on 3 May 2009
I have had this for a few years now and it really is my plant bible. I use it for identifying, planning and for searching. I would highly recommend this book for novices and experts alike.
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By Helena Rose on 16 Jan. 2015
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Heath on 27 Dec. 2013
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I only received one volume of a two volume box set and did not get a very good reason when I enquired why.
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