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RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening (RHS) [Hardcover]

Christopher Brickell
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Book Description

5 Sep 2007

The definitive practical guide to gardening, from the experts at the RHS

"It burgeons with helpfulness" Country Life

"Tells you everything you need to know" The Guardian

From gardening techniques, planning and maintenance to growing plants, fruits or vegetables, create a thriving garden by following unrivalled advice.

This new edition is fully updated to include new styles, plants and the latest developments in horticulture, including organic gardening and the effects of global warming.

Whatever your level of skill in the great outdoors, expert tips and guidance from editor Christopher Brickell and his team of specialist contributors will help you create and keep your perfect garden all year round.



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  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; 3rd Rev Ed edition (5 Sep 2007)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1405322276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405322270
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 29.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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but again, the RHS leads the field with its Encyclopedia of Gardening As a plain-speaking guide to digging, pruning, planning, pests and diseases, growing fruit and vegetables, not to mention wind and compost, it is hard to beat. Independent on Sunday (Sunday Review) plain-speaking and comprehensive, offering plenty of practical advice. The Week --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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141 of 142 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best buy 20 Feb 2005
Format:Hardcover
This is easily the best gardening book I have ever bought. It is complete and comprehensive. If you are looking for a how-to book, this is the one for you. Unlike so many of the frothy-pretty-picture books published in this field today, this is a gardening book written for gardeners as opposed to people who simply want to extend interior design into their back garden.
The book is divided into sections, dealing with each plant entry by type rather than in alphabetical order. My personal preference would have been to have had an alphabetical treatment, which would have made it easier to find the relevant entry when a problem arises thereby avoiding the need to finger impatiently through the index with a muddy digit. However, this comment belies the degree to which I use the book: it is my first reference point.
It provides concise and practical advice on how to cultivate and propagate the plants featured. Helpful advice is given on pruning. Everything that I grow both in the greenhouse, outside and indoors is covered. In fact every garden plant that I can think of seems to be included.
There is a very useful chapter on growing fruit, which is a topic that tends to get neglected nowadays. I also found the chapter on vegetable gardening to be a useful reference when planning my kitchen garden.
The chapter that deals with "Plant Problems", is commendable for providing a significant number of organic solutions. Another chapter on soils and fertilizers gives all the basics for maintaining a healthy soil balance.
This is a reference book that no serious gardener should be without.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An encylopedia that lives up to its name 15 Aug 2007
Format:Hardcover
At 750 pages, the new edition of the RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening is a real heavyweight - but it puts its bulk to good use by being thoroughly comprehensive.

Gardeners of all levels will find something useful here, with sections covering everything from garden design and fruit tree grafting to water and container growing, cacti and succulents.

There's plenty of full colour photographs throughout to illustrate, and if you want to grow your own there's plenty of detail in the chapters on herb, fruit and vegetable gardens.

The book rounds off with chapters on propagation, pests and diseases and weeds, followed by basic botany. If you're looking for a garden reference book, this is definitely one to consider.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough garden planning book 6 Feb 2008
Format:Hardcover
A good book for those planning a garden. It has special sections on commonly cultivated plants and sections on how to troubleshoot. I planned my garden using this and it was a great help.
Just a note that it's not really for:
- looking up a plant you've seen in a garden centre
- identifying a mysterious thing you've got in your inherited garden
If you want to do either of those, you need to use a different kind of book.
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126 of 132 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent book for hints, tips and step by step guides for all aspects of gardening whether you are a beginner like me or have years of experience. From suggestions on how to build a compost heap to learning when is the right time to pick and store apples this encyclopedia offers practical advice and information on everything you need to know about looking after your garden all year round.
The easy to follow guides and photos can have you pruning, building a pergola or simply making your garden a haven of beauty in no time at all. Whether your garden be large or small this handy book provides useful gardening references that I think every gardener will benefit from.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning. A must-buy 19 Mar 2000
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Format:Hardcover
After being bitten by the gardening bug, I suffered with another (ward lock) encyclopaedia. This book is in another league, and by all accounts is the definitive book to buy. Indeed, it contains excellent information in depth and breadth, and I have learnt more from this book in one week than from the ward lock encylopaedia in a year. A must-buy if ever there was one.
Note: there is no a-z of plants in this book, but it contains so much information about so many popular plants you don't necessarily need one.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good reference book 28 Oct 2007
Format:Hardcover
The one to go for - everything is covered in depth and the advice is sound (if sometimes a tad idealistic). If you want to know how anything is done in the garden or if you want to choose a gift for a keen gardener, then this is the one to choose.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Gardening Book 21 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I feel you can always judge the quality of a reference book by how longs it remains relevant to your interest. I have only been gardening for about 12 months, and the book is as relevant and informative now as it was a year ago when I first started. What is even better is that I can always see the book being useful, even when I am retired in my vegetable patch! The price although not cheap at first impression, represents amazing value for money (especially when purchased through Amazon), and not only will it last you a lifetime, it may pay for itself in the first few weeks, as it did me, by preventing me making some costly mistakes. Unlike some other gardening books I have read, this one remains highly relevant to the average gardener, and communicates the information at a level that is accessible by all, beginners or experts. A reference book is not really a just title for the book though, as not only does it guide and inform, but it also inspires. Highly recommended.
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Published 11 days ago by Geoffrey
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book was excellent.
Published 28 days ago by william quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book
Easily the best book I've bought I love it & tell me everything I need to know for someone who wants to know about gardening buy this it's got it all
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The bible of gardening. It contains everything a keen or novice gardener needs to know. The condition of the book was as described. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MR MICHEL CHARTRON
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Published 3 months ago by julie borrell
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Amazing book, this is my gardening bible. Clear advise with loads of pictures, would not be without it.
Published 3 months ago by HP DV9705ea
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Excellent reference guide, every gardener should have one!
Published 3 months ago by anne l marshallsay
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased
This is the last edition but it is a great reference book. I had it before and lent it out and never saw it again. I would recommend it
Published 6 months ago by Richard
3.0 out of 5 stars No dust jacket
Only three stars as there was no dust jacket; but there was in the photo; i would have paid more for the jacket
Published 8 months ago by tony taylor
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