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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Every page has wonderful, painted illustrations in full colour and there are numerous helpful diagrams, as well as photographs of botanists. (I have added a photo to the customer images at the top of this page showing a typical example of the contents.) The size is slightly smaller than A4, but the book feels substantial and there are over 200 pages, packed with information - everything you would want to know about plants and how they work.
The RHS name guarantees quality and the rigourous nature of the science - but the tone is never patronising, while giving clear and useful explanations of botanical terms and horticulture. It's the kind of book that you dip into, rather than read cover-to-cover and anyone with an interest in gardening or growing plants will find some sections useful, to provide definitive answers.
There is a huge amount of information here, but the visual style and organisation make it a pleasure to dip into. The Contents are split into nine chapters with further subdivisions, outlined at the beginning - there is also a comprehensive index of terms at the back - so it's easy to find whatever you want.
Overall a book that the RHS can be proud of and a definitive reference work, that is also enjoyable to read.
The aim of the book is to provide gardeners with sufficient botanical knowledge to help them understand more completely how plants grow, flourish, and reproduce, as well as understanding the factors, internal and external, which affect their well being. The inference is that a more knowledgeable and better informed gardener should be able to achieve better results. The text is always botanically scientific, but written at a level comprehensible to most educated people, and any specialist botanical words introduced are always adequately explained first. The book is practical rather than cerebral and only those principles of botany are discussed which would be of natural and practical interest to gardeners.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this as a present for my mother and it arrived promptly in time with no damage. It's full of interesting information but is easy to read or pick up whenever. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gillian
A beautiful book for any gardener or plant enthusiast, makes a great giftPublished 6 months ago by miss s parry
Beautiful book, wish available in larger format as drawings beautiful and detailed.Published 7 months ago by QJ
I love this book. I thought at first glance that it might be a bit to "coffee table" because it is beautiful. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ms Petra Guy
Detailed and extremely useful. The book has an old feel to it so it feels like you're picking up a historical document every time, and yet the information is useful in the here and... Read morePublished 13 months ago by A customer
Probably the best reference book on botany/gardening i have ever readPublished 14 months ago by Sabden