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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Expert (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0903505983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0903505987
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 2.1 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1958 Be Your Own Gardening Expert started a major innovation in gardening books. In 2008 the Expert guides celebrated their 50th anniversary and the 50 millionth copy in print.They had become the bestselling gardening books in history.

Their creator Dr D G (Dave) Hessayon, the son of a Cypriot landowner, was born in 1928 and grew up in Manchester. He read Botany at Leeds University, where he gained his BSc degree. In 1950 he travelled to the United States, working as the editor of a small town newspaper. In 1953 he went to Ghana as a Research Fellow at the University College before returning to Manchester to obtain his PhD in soil ecology. In 1955 he accepted a position as chief scientist with Pan Britannica Industries, becoming chairman in 1972. It was here that Dr Hessayon formulated the idea for his Expert guides to gardening.

A steady stream of Experts followed the publication of Be Your Own Gardening Expert, each one maintaining the basic formula of down-to-earth writing with pictures, charts and photographs. In the British Bestsellers list for the 1980s there were two Experts in the Top 10. In 1993 Dr Hessayon received the first-ever Lifetime Achievement 'Oscar' at the National British Book Awards. He was also awarded the Royal Horticultural Society Gold Veitch Memorial Medal for his outstanding contribution to the advancement and improvement of the science and practice of horticulture.In 1999 Dr Hessayon was awarded a Guinness World Record Certificate for being Britain's 'bestselling non-fiction author of the 1990s'. In 2012 he was included in the Daily Mail list of '60 truly great Elizabethans' for 'teaching millions of us how to garden'.

Despite his resolve to stay out of the limelight there have been further awards along the way - a Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Garden Media Guild, three Honorary Doctorates and an OBE in 2007. There are over 28 Expert titles in 22 languages, and in Britain their sales continue to dominate the gardening paperback lists. The Vegetable & Herb Expert continues to be the No.1 bestseller. Now an active octogenarian, Dr Hessayon has more gardening Experts in the pipeline and he serves as the Design and Editorial Consultant for the non-gardening Experts. Retirement has to wait.

"I would say that the Expert Books have been the biggest innovation in gardening publications since the death of William Robinson in 1938" - Dr Brent Elliott (Librarian, Royal Horticultural Society)

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"A brilliant compact encyclopaedia, The Complete Garden Expert is by the daddy of garden writers." (Diarmuid Gavin Daily Mirror)

"Dr Hessayon can claim to be the nation's most trusted gardening expert, having sold over 53 million copies of his work over the last 50 years. His latest, great value book is packed with useful information on everything from soil improvement to the best way to grow fruit and veg." (Daily Mail)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By downkiddie TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Feb. 2012
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Dr. Hessayon's "Expert" books have dominated gardening literature for years. There have been all round general garden books in the range before, this new edition however is larger and strikes a balance between detail and covering a wide range of topics. Everything one would expect from a gardening book is here: flowers, fruit & veg, greenhouse gardening, pests & diseases plus hard lanscaping and practical matters. Dr. Hessayon embraces modern approaches including architectural plants and gardening plus wildlife and organic methods.

I already have a number of the "Expert" books, and shelves and shelves of gardening books by other authors. This one however will stand out as one to reach for time and again due to its breadth of subject material and crucially its ease of use. There are plenty of things I need to look up and this book is easy to follow and find things in and is a small handy size - not a huge hardback that's an effort to lift down from the shelf.

The layout is the classic Expert style with photos, illustrations and diagrams. The plant directories include a good range of popular plants with a concise summary of their attributes. Anyone choosing a tree or shrub for their garden might want more detail before committing, but this is a good guide to start off with.

A refreshing thing these days is the mention of chemical control products that are available and still widely used. Although I avoid chemicals (with the exception of glyphosate on the ground elder - life's too short to keep digging it out) I dislike the "holier than thou" approach to organic gardening found in so many books these days. None of that here - if you have aphids then reach for the thiacloprid! Dr.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark Shackelford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Jan. 2012
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I have had many of Dr. Hessayon's books over the years - I have inherited a couple from my Grandmother - although they are a little dog-eared by now... and have used them on a regular basis, especially now that we have a new home with a big vegetable garden.

Amazing books - packing huge amounts of always relevant information into a relatively small space.

This new book is a large volume with the most useful bits from a wide range of the previous volumes.

It has a full section on vegetables, another on garden plants and other sections on diseases, garden layout - and pretty much everything that the gardener might need to know.

Seems a very useful starter book for the basic gardener - although you might want to get one of the more specific books for more detail of a particular topic.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Wilz VINE VOICE on 31 May 2012
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This is a compilation of a series of books that have been available for some time. Having read and tried a lot of so called "Gardening" books, most of which are only good for the coffee table, I have long felt that any serious gardening enthusiast would need no more than the relevant "Gardening Expert" books already available. This compilation is excellent and if you've never read one of the others in the series, will be quite invaluable.
However, it is no substitute to specific books in the current series and in condensing the series, some of the detail suffers.
Use it as a starter if you are new to the books and then buy individual ones as required.
There is no doubt that the "Gardening Expert" series are the best available - concise, practical and straightforward - and although somewhat lacking, this "condensed" volume is still hard to beat.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Gauld VINE VOICE on 16 Mar. 2012
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This is not Alan Titchmarsh. It's Hessayon. If you have read any of the other Expert series you will know exactly what to expect. If you are a fan of Mr Titchmarsh then this will come over as a bit dry and very terse. There are few wasted words, no flowery prose and relatively few exotic photos. But there is lots, and lots, of factual information crammed into every page. It is a compendium of many of the other Expert books and manages to do in a little over 200 pages what Alan T took two full coffee table books to do - provide a complete guide to gardening. If you only want one garden book and don't have enough cash for the RHS mega-tome this is the best on offer. If you want a book to browse through in a winter evening while sipping a glass of brandy then buy Titchmarsh. They are both valid approaches and I like having both around, but if I could only have one, it would be this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Marczak TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Mar. 2012
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This book can be best described as Dr Hessayon's Greatest Hits. In the same way that you might buy a compilation CD of an artist and be inspired to go and buy the original album, this book cleverly gives you enough information to see you on your way, before reminding you that there is a whole book on the subject elsewhere.

All aspects of gardening are covered, from lawncare, to planting trees, to cold frames and greenhouses. There is always enough advice to give you a general idea, but if you want to know more, you will of course have to seek out that volume.

I've jumped into this book on numerous occasions already, to check out plant types for my soil, definitions of greenhouses and all sorts of other aspects. I think this is a great starter for anyone who wants to understand more about their garden.
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