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RHS Botany for Gardeners: The Art and Science of Gardening Explained & Explored Hardcover – 7 Oct 2013
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From the publisher of the bestselling RHS Latin for Gardeners, RHS Botany for Gardeners is an accessible, informative and beautifully illustrated guide to the mysteries of botanical terms and the science of plants.
About the Author
Since being inspired by some of the world's leading botanists whilst studying Plant Science at the University of Edinburgh, Simon Maughan has spent the last twenty-five years furthering his knowledge and developing a love of practical gardening and plants. He was employed in 1995 to work on the RHS A-Z of Garden Plants and to date has worked on many dozens of gardening books covering all aspects of the subject from species rhododendrons to garden design, and everything in between. He has worked as an editor and publisher for the RHS for twelve years, and this is the first opportunity he has had to work on a book on botany.
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The reason I say this is because the book gives a broad overview of the different classes of plants, their reproductive cycles, binomial nomenclature system of naming plants, cell structure, plant hormones, morphology, plant diseases, soil and much more content/info such as the history of famous botanists such as the first woman to win unshared nobel prize Barbara Mcclintock for cytogenetics.
I think quite a lot of the information would be classed as 'advanced' unless you remember your plant biology from school or possess plant knowledge from your own study/degree etc...
It's got lots of lovely illustrations and the chapters are well laid out. Definitely a lovely read!
The book is divided into chapters
1. The plant kingdom, 2 Growth form and function, 3 Inner workings 4 Reproduction, 5 The beginning of life 6 External factors 7 Pruning 8 Botany and the senses 9 Pests diseases and disorders.
There are interesting sections on significant historical botonists inc Mendel and Lindley.
The book covers some basic botanical science, however despite using quite a lot of botanical terminalogy, it skims the surface of many areas, and the techniques that are derived from this such as pruning experienced gardeners may already know from reading books on gardening techniques or TV programmes. I was for example hoping to enhance my knowledge of cuttings gleaned from hours watching Carol Klein take shoot and root cuttings, but I still a long way from looking at a plant and from its structure knowing how to prune it or propagate it.