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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Pbi Publications; First Impression edition (1 Jan 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0903505312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0903505314
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 1 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,915 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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"The tyro needs some kind of guidance on growing soft fruit ... Preferable, in my opinion, are simple, clear and cheap manuals, such as Dr David Hessayon's The Fruit Expert" (Spectator)

"All the basics in a down-to-earth style" (Gardening Which?)

"Once again the tried and tested Expert approach is taken, relying on clear, easy-to-follow instructions rather than pages and pages of text" (Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Richard J. Pickard VINE VOICE on 11 Aug 2007
Format: Paperback
I have owned this book for several years. I have found it to be invaluable in the choosing and growing of many different fruits. It has extensive sections and reviews with colour pictures on choosing different varieties of apples pears, peaches etc. This includes some more unusual varieties as well as those more commonly available. The reviews are as useful in telling you what not to plant as what to plant. There are reasonable sections on pruning (but I think this is better done by the RHS Growing Fruit book.) The section on diseases and pests is also very good with clear illustrations for correct identification of problems.
In summary an excellent book particularly to help with choosing which varieties to plant, although the prunning sections are a little breif.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Doktordoc on 12 Dec 2009
Format: Paperback
Recommended by a local expert in fruit planting and grafting I was somewhat apprehensive about purchasing something which might prove to be beyond my needs. No need for apprehension, this is an easily readable and understandable book even for someone with nul knowledge of fruit growing. The type font and diagramatic representations are kindly on the eye and you get the feeling that this really is the information and education that will be required to be successful in rearing fruit of a wide variety. Clearly there is more to growing fruit than this book but it does give you the wherewithal to navigate round the subject. Essential starting point and great value, it just remains to be seen if it will bear fruit (might have to wait 2-5 years)!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Kent on 21 Feb 2013
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A good book for beginners, but the author annoyingly has a rather pessimistic outlook on most things. The sections on common fruit grown in Britain such as apples, pears, plums, cherries and soft fruit are all very good. The section on melons is also good, if a bit pessimistic and disappointingly doesn't suggest unprotected cultivation on black plastic in warmer areas.
The sections on figs, mulberries are too brief, basically a couple of paragraphs each. The sections on peaches and apricots are okay.
The section on grapes is rather poor. It lists mainly wine or dual purpose grapes, all of which are seeded. Some home growers will want to grow for wine, but at least half I'd estimate (probably more like 3/4) will want to grow table grapes for eating. Seedless eating grapes such as Lakemont and Himrod are absent, whilst seeded and commonly grown eating grapes such as Boskoop Glory aren't mentioned either. Instead there are greenhouse grapes listed, some good varieties for eating but some of them such as Madresfield Court are very obscure and almost impossible to purchase.
The wine varieties listed are good for that purpose, if a little bland. Less hardy varieties, but ones which are nevertheless the most common in cultivation are omitted as well. Pinot Noir is one of the world's best wine grapes and is grown commercially in Southern England and yet isn't mentioned.
Overall the section on grapes needs revising and expanding.

So a good book for beginners, good if you want to grow typical British fruits such as apples and strawberries, not so much for less common fruits.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Duck VINE VOICE on 9 Sep 2010
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Dr D.G. Hessayon's gardening books are an absolute must own if you have a garden, or are about to get a garden, or don't own a garden but look after one for someone else, or just like reading about gardening. Gets straight to the point of telling you what you need to know.

This one is no exception, especially if you intend to grow more than just Trees, Flowers & Grass.

Aside from having a pretty cover, it contains all you need to know to choose & grow: Apples, Pears, Plums & Gages, Cherries, Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots, Figs, Mulberries, Quinces, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Boysenberry, Dewberry, Hildaberry, Japanese Wineberry, Loganberry (and a few other berries you probably didn't know existed), Blackcurrants, Gooseberries, Red Currants, White Currants, Cranberries, Blueberries, Grapes, Melons & Kiwi Fruit.

It also helps you identify various varieties of fruit, and also identify what's gone horribly wrong if your fruit develops a problem.

It also has a section on shop bought fruits, with old favourites + some not many people know exist.

There's also advice on various maintenance tasks, such as pruning.

It doesn't contain advice on growing Rhubarb, if your looking for that......... it's on page 88 of the Vegetable and Herb Expert, which is an excellent partner to this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Revoo on 23 May 2014
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When the book arrived, I found that it was nearly a quarter of a century old. There is now way of telling this from the website. Even gardening has moved on hugely in that time with new varieties, chemicals and techniques. I will have to start again.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. C. Gilbert VINE VOICE on 1 May 2003
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Once again, Hessayon comes up trumps with his simple, easy-to-follow and well-illustrated guide. There's everything you need to know about growing fruit, from the qualities of different varieties to planting and care.
My particular favourite is the fruit troubles area, as the illustrations enable you to pinpoint exactly what problem you have and show you how to treat them.
This book is a must for anyone starting out or wanting to reinject some life into an orchard or a fruit garden.
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