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This book ROCKS. It's well organized, easy to read, and has myriad pictures to illustrate nearly every plant within. This was recommended by a local nursery consultant, and is by far the most useful garden book I own.
Indispensable reference manual for gardeners everywhere. Fantastic pictures and information. If I could only buy one gardening reference book, this would be it. I work at a garden center and this is the book we use 90% of the time to answer customer questions.
Geared towards landscaping. Not much information on fruits/veggies
I borrowed this fatty from the public library over a decade ago when I started dabbling a bit in container gardening. At that time I was a remorseful black thumb, with a desperate attraction to plants. The hobby didn't last long at that time, because I had moved into a small space with little light and my gardening was temporarily thwarted. At the time I had read the book, I read it in chunks, which is the only way to read books like these. I would leaf through until drawn by a stunning photo, o...
This book took me through three Perennial classes at the (USDA) Graduate School. While I did not read every entry in it's 1095 pages (including index), I did read many of them and all of the Intro, Forward, and Glossary of Terms. This book is an education in its self. It is full of valuable information on almost any plant you can imagine and includes details on the correct lighting, soil, water and fertilization requirements for each. It is beautifully enhanced with full color photographs. This
The American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants by Christopher Brickell (DK Publishing Inc 2004) (623.903) is a massive volume. I don't believe that the editors omitted any garden plant. This is a very thorough reference guide. My rating: 6.5/10, finished 5/20/12.
This is a must for gardeners.. its THE standby reference.
Battered and well-used. What could be more of an endorsement?
Comprehensive but that may be a negative. Also getting a little dated. Needs a complete update on species and Cultivars - but still the best heavy book around
everyone should have a copy of this for reference