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2.0 out of 5 stars Principles of Horticulture (6th edition), 17 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Principles of Horticulture (Paperback)
This is the first book review I have written for Amazon, but I regret to say that this is the shoddiest textbook I have ever read (not to mention over-priced)! I did my A-levels 40-odd years ago, and the school provided much better textbooks than this (they were hard-bound, for a start). Frankly, this book should be pitched at Level 3.

First, the book needs a full Table of Contents (not just chapter headings) while the lack of a Glossary is inexcusable (sheer negligence). The chapters on plant biology (3 - 10) are vague and confusing. [The authors should read Botany for Gardeners (Timber Press, 2010).] The bibliographies at the end of each chapter should be replaced by references corresponding to the text, with a full Bibliography at the end of the book. Many of the tables are poorly arranged, with obvious typographical errors. Most of the poor-quality photos, wide margins and numerous blank pages are a criminal waste of paper. There should be an Appendix devoted to elementary chemistry (atoms, ions, valency, pH etc) and other appendices containing tabulated data (plant families). The entire book should be edited and completely re-designed, and deserves a better standard of production (instead of thin paper, poor-quality printing and flimsy covers). Finally, the sordid matter of price - if this book cost £15, I would call it mediocre, but £25 is a bare-faced rip-off! I hope the authors start work immediately on the 7th edition, and do their job properly.
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Initial post: 6 Sep 2013 20:47:52 BDT
RegularLad says:
I've just started my RHS L2 Diploma and have been told this book is a 'must have' based on your review I'm reluctant to pay out a considerable (for me anyway) amount of money for something that isn't going to be that user friendly.

Is most of the information/content unique or can it be found online or in most other similar publications?

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2013 17:37:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Sep 2013 17:42:02 BDT
McKenna says:
RegularLad, perhaps 'Brian in Skipton' is Brian Capon who is the author of Botany for Gardeners that he references in his review. Or perhaps I'm just suspicious! Either way, if you take this one bad review against the other 7, which are all good, then maybe on balance it's a useful text book. 25 quid is a lot for me too, but I think I'll take the chance, having also just enrolled on the RHS L2 Diploma as well. Good luck with the course!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2013 17:44:57 BDT
RegularLad says:
Hey McKenna, cheers for your input :-) best of luck on your diploma too...maybe we'll cross paths one day then
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