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A very beautiful and informative bood,
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This review is from: RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening (RHS) (Hardcover)
I know absolutely nothing about gardening but have recently started planting various plants in pots on my balcony. So investing in this book might seem a bit of an "overkill" to learn about a few plants but I didn't know what else to buy and I wanted something that had everything in one place. I read all of the existing reviews and thought that if I didn't like it or didn't use it, then I could give it away as a present. The fact that it has sections on gardening in containers and on several of my favourite flowers (lilies, sweet peas - the easy things!) was very important.
And I'm absolutely delighted with it. First of all, it is a beautiful tome which is printed on thick glossy paper and has hundreds of wonderful colour pictures and diagrams. It includes information that helps beginners like me - such as a glossary with basic gardening and plant terms that I just didn't understand - and all of the written content is well laid out in sections that make it easy to follow. I've spent a lot of time reading through sections on things such as growing fruit and vegetables and now have some very healthy looking raspberry plants which I would never have grown before! And there is a further section on indoor gardening which is great for those like me with limited outdoor space.
I appreciate that a lot of the information in this book might be regarded as "general gardening knowledge" to gardening experts. However for those who want to find all of the information they need in one place as well as somewhere to learn a lot more, this book comes highly recommended. And as and when I live in a house with a garden again, I'll be able to grow many of the larger plants and plan my garden with the advice given in the book!
The only problem now is that having read some information about the various plants covered in this book, I now want to know more about the individual plants themselves and the various varieties so next year, I'm planning to invest in the RHS Encyclopedia of Plants to go alongside this one.