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RHS Pruning and Training [Hardcover]

Christopher Brickell , David Joyce
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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24 April 2003 Rhs
The definitive practical guide to pruning trees, shrubs, roses and climbers from the RHS. Features an A-Z approach on over 800 plants with practical, step-by-step images to show you exactly where and how to make pruning cuts, plus infomation on advanced techniques such as coppicing, topiary and pergola-training. This handy guide will ensure you have the best gardening advice for green fingered results.
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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd; 2Rev Ed edition (24 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405300736
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405300735
  • Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 20 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,897 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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About the Author

Christopher Brickell is Chairman of the International Commission for the Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants. He is editor-in-chief of DK's bestselling RHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers and the RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening. In 1991 he was awarded the CBE for his services to horticulture. Christopher lives in West Sussex. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for training pruners 15 May 2007
By Peter
As a novice, I've found thi great for letting me in on secrets that it must take years to learn. How to train a climbing rose, to correct a lopsided tree, to stop shrubs getting out of hand to get the most fruit off trees and bushes. I wouldn't have known where to start without it.

I think it's worth spending the extra on this, the more complete version, as it has tips on specific species and even varieties: redcurrant, wisteria, acid cherry, magnolia etc etc etc
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good it's used by professionals! 2 Feb 2009
By Beaker
I have just completed an evening class in 'pruning' and this was the course book used by the tutor, a former head of the city of Bristol Parks & Gardens Dept - how's that for a recommendation!
This is a good sized book with lots of clear diagrams and photos to back up the text. It's clearly laid out and goes from the basics (how plants grow) to the difficult (clematis). You get a lot for your money.
Several of my classmates are also professional gardeners and have a copy for reference purposes. I expect my plants to perform much better in future!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good source of informations 13 Jun 2010
This book is what I was looking for. I am studying horticulture with the RHS, and definitely willing to improve my knowledge about gardening. Pruning is one aspect of gardening which I always looked at as one of the most important, but a good knowledge before practice is essential. Well, this book is very well done: it gives all the informations one needs, well supported by clear illustrations and pictures. The latter being critical in order to relate to what one can see when actually working. I would strongly recommend this purchase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the serious gardener 17 Aug 2011
This is for the 336-page 2006 edition; the 2011 edition has the same number of pages so is presumably the same.

This is a great book for the serious gardener and I would guess for horticulturalists too. A useful introduction to the principles of plant growth and how these govern skilled pruning is followed by comprehensive sections on ornamental trees, ornamental shrubs, tree fruits, soft fruits, climbing plants and finally roses. A very wide range of named plants is covered: I have found only two missing so far from my interest area of fruit : Pyrus pyrifolia the Asian pear now spreading here, and jostaberry the Ribes nigrum x uva-crispa cross also becoming popular.

It's nice to have a book with S.I. units at last - school children have learned these for decades. Dinosaurs need not worry - imperial units follow in brackets. On p. 17 we are advised to dip our tools in a dilute disinfectant recommended for garden use: it would be nice to be given some examples of recommended chemicals.

Pruning can be a complicated business but has much to offer the serious gardener in healthier plants, enhanced appearance and increased productivity. Towards these ends this book provides a great wealth of information and detail supported by abundant, very well chosen and presented illustrations. It well deserves the five stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 11 Mar 2010
I bought this book through reccommendation from colleagues and tutors at my hort college course, as a reference book and training guide, and was not disappointed. It is easy to read and follow, and very detailed. Unlike a lot of other subject specific books it is also a good book to just 'flick' through and read. Really pleased I bought it. Thoroughly reccommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pruning made easy! 10 Jan 2010
By Chippy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am presently attending a L2 Horticultural course so bought this book as reference. I recently reviewed the book in preparation for pruning apple trees. I found the vocabulary clear and concise and the illustrations illuminating. I will be pruning apple trees this month so I wait with bated breathe to see if the book has armed me with all the necessary information to succeed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a successor to The ABC of Pruning 9 April 2012
Many years ago, as a novice gardener, I purchased a secondhand copy of The ABC of Pruning by W.E. Shewell-Cooper, and it was the best twenty pence I have ever spent. I have referred to it constantly ever since as no other volume came close to its concise, informative, easy-to-follow text.

Well now I have one. This reference from the RHS is a true successor. I have recently planted some more exotic shrubs and climbers in the hope that they will establish themselves in our warming climate. They are all here, and what I particularly like is that the information includes what to do from cradle to grave; how to train it in its young, formative years so that ultimately the plant is a healthy and attractive specimen right up to renovating an aged plant.

Excellent. Although I will still keep my little ABC.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Very good photographs & explanations and laid out clearly. Buy this version which is isbn n.o. 978-1-4053-6312-9 DK RHS Pruning & Training as there is a 2013 version which has a yellow cover that is smaller and (imo) less detailed. This book shows how to prune & train plants & shrubs but also covers fruit trees, shrubs including different varieties.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pruning and Training
The book did all that I expected providing useful tips and advice. have followed both and await the results through the season
Published 20 days ago by darby
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful guide
Since I decided to take more control of my garden because I was not at all happy with the pruning efforts of my gardener, I found this guide very useful. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Maria Grazia Weiner
4.0 out of 5 stars Guide to pruning
Interesting book with precisely the information we wanted. A garden can be ruined through pruning at the wrong time of year so that is one problem now resolved.
Published 1 month ago by Capt Stuart Macbride
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
A really good manual for pruning and arrived earlier than I expected it to. It was a very good price for what looked like almost new.
Published 1 month ago by RealKleokatra
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book
It was bought for a friend for Christmas but she very nearly didn't get it! It's extremely well laid out with good, clear information and photographs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jayne Lowery
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Bought as gift for step dad. He is a keen gardener and loves it, saying it will be really useful.
Published 3 months ago by J of NEL
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A BOOK!!
Bought this book after getting it from the library, tells a novice like me exactly what to do with everything in the garden, just perfect.
Published 4 months ago by richard gallear
4.0 out of 5 stars Study before practical implementation
Thoroughly detailed such that much of the time it requires re=reading. I think that the overall indexing could be improved.
Published 4 months ago by PeeVed
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent pruning book
Been looking for a decent pruning book for a while and this fits the bill. Comprehensive and easy to read.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Margaret Gornall
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book.
The best book on pruning and training i have read so far.Good photos to describe clearly written knowledge and a great companion to anyone seriously into increasing their stock of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by quincey
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