The Super Fun Kids' Graphic Novel Sale

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    Contributors | September 15, 2015

    Mary Karr: IMG Memoir Tutorials with Mary Karr, Lena Dunham, and Gary Shteyngart

    Editor's note: It's been 20 years since the groundbreaking memoir The Liars' Club sent Mary Karr into the literary spotlight with its phenomenal... Continue »
    1. $17.49 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

      The Art of Memoir

      Mary Karr 9780062223067

Qualifying orders ship free.
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Gardening- General

The American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants


The American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants Cover

ISBN13: 9780789419439
ISBN10: 0789419432
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $28.00!


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

More than 15,000 plants in 6,000 photographs and illustrations. The AHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants is the most comprehensive, detailed, and lavishly illustrated guide to garden plants ever published. With authoritative coverage of more than 15,000 ornamental plants, accompanied by nearly 6,000 full-color photographs, it is destined to become the essential reference work for all gardeners, from novice to expert. Plants are arranged alphabetically by their botanical names for fast, straightforward access. All names are completely up to date, and previous names (synonyms) appear as cross-references throughout. Any plant can be located quickly, even if the current botanical name is unfamiliar or not known. Detailed plant profiles, prepared by an international team of more than 40 expert contributors, describe growth habit, leaf and flower anatomy, plant height and spread, geographical origin, and hardiness. A concise introduction to each genus provides essential details of botanical family, native habitat, number of species, and the ornamental qualities for which the plants are grown, together with succinct advice on cultivation, propagation, and pests and diseases. Specially commissioned photographs closely integrated with the plant descriptions, capture the beauty of nearly 6,000 plants. The full diversity of growth habits within a genus is shown wherever possible, and special close-up panels illustrate the range of flower colors and shapes. A comprehensive introduction and glossary guide beginners and experienced gardeners alike to a greater knowledge and understanding of the key elements of plant classification, anatomy, and cultivation.

Book News Annotation:

Gardeners intimate with plants on a Latin or common name basis can refer to this guide for information on life cycle botany, cultivation issues, and familiar as well as more exotic ornamental plant groups. The standardized entries--from abelia to zygopetalum--are augmented by color photographs on each page, a glossary, an index by common plant names, and a recent American Horticultural Society plant heat-zone map complementing the standard USDA hardiness one.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


-- The integration of lush photograhy and detailed descriptions on each page make this book as easy to use as it is comprehensive.
-- Over 15,000 plants in 6,000 photographs and illustrations.

About the Author

Christopher Brickell, Editor-in-Chief, was director general of the Royal Horticultural society from 1985 to 1993, and is currently chairman of the International Commission for the Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants. An editor-in-chief of DK's The American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Gardening and co-author of DK's recently published The American Horticultural society Pruning and Training, he is also a frequent lecturer, writer, and adviser to numerous organizations. His comprehensive knowledge of ornamental garden plants and his active involvement with many aspects of horticulture have brought him many awards. Judith D. Zuk is president and chief executive officer of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and previously was director of the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College and president of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA). The author of numerous papers and publications, she is a frequent contributor to the AABGA's quarterly magazine, The Public Garden, and she serves as host for the Garden's cable-TV program, "The Urban Gardener." She serves on the advisory committee of The Garden Conservancy and on the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Gold Medal Award Committee. The following horticulturists, drawn from an international team of recognized professionals and amateurs, have provided up-to-date and authoritative information in specific fields of expertise: Kathryn Andersen, Miles Anderson, Susyn Andrews, Daniel Arcos, Faye Brawner, A. Richard Brooks, Margaret Cass, Beth Castellon, Ann R. Chase, Trevor Cole, Allen J. Coombes, Dr. August De Hertogh, Chris DeRosa, Raymond J. Evison, Galen Goss, Pippa Greenwood, Diana Grenfell, Christopher Grey-Wilson, Mary Lou Gripshover, Peter Harness, Dr. Edward R. Hasselkus, Betty Hotchkiss, Clive Innes, Henry Jaworski, Rand B. Lee, Bob Lilly, Tony Lord, Dr. Robert Loughry, Ann Lunn, Donald A.M. Mackay, Beverly Markels, Tovah Martin, Brian Mathew, Dr. Bruce McAlpin, Judy McKeon, Rolf Nelson, Walter W. Oakes, Ralph Parks, Leonard Perry, Frank Robinson, Peter Robinson, W. George Schmid, Ken Selody II, A.D. Schilling, Holly Shimizu, Dr. Sabina Mueller Sulgrove, Alex Summerville, Al Sydnor, Nigel Taylor, Richard G. Turner Jr., Olive Rice Waters.

Table of Contents

Foreword How to use this encyclopedia -------------------- Introduction Botany for the gardener The Plant kingdom The Life of a plant Leaves Flowers Cultivation Hardiness Gardening in different regions The garden environment Outdoor cultivation Care under glass Pruning Pruning groups Propagation Plant problems Organic issues and native plants -------------------- Ornamental Plant Groups Trees Shrubs Climbers Perennials Rock plants Annuals and biennials Bulbous plants Orchids Bromeliads Cacti and other succulents Palms and cycads Ferns Aquatic plants Grasses and bamboos -------------------- The A ñ Z Plant Directory -------------------- Glossary Common names Acknowledgments

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 3 comments:

Suzy C, April 6, 2014 (view all comments by Suzy C)
I have been gardening since I was 5 and am retired now. I bought this book 17 years ago it is my most used plant book and I have 100's. I have been known to take it to garden shows. I have never met a plant that is not in this book. My husband always says what are you going to do when you are 90 and can't lug the book around any more. I say I will have a walker with a basket or a wagon. I have bought this book for many gardening friend because they loved mine. I am purchasing another for a friend. If you love plants you will love this book! Happy gardening.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
ladymacbech, December 30, 2011 (view all comments by ladymacbech)
This incredible source book was recommended to me shortly after it became available. It is, without a doubt, for very serious gardening and landscaping. If you aren't that involved with your gardening this is not for you, unless you need a large paperweight. I needed to grow into it, and now it's one of my treasures. This is so complete and easy to use that I can't imagine being without it.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
lynnettek, March 28, 2009 (view all comments by lynnettek)
Every plant/flower I've ever looked up has been here. Many pictures and info to help me coordinate which plants bloom when, how tall they get, and what amount light, water, etc. they need! THE gold standard plant reference book.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(2 of 4 readers found this comment helpful)
View all 3 comments

Product Details

Brickell, Christopher
Zuk, Judith D.
Brickell, Christopher
New York, N.Y. :
Ornamental Plants
Plants, ornamental
Plants, Ornamental -- Encyclopedias.
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
American Horticultural Society Practical Guides
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
11.56x9.75x2.50 in. 1.00 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. The American Horticultural Society... Used Hardcover $14.95
  2. American Horticultural Society...
    Used Hardcover $24.00
  3. The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye...
    Used Trade Paper $6.95
  4. Western Garden Problem Solver Used Trade Paper $5.95
  5. AHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers Used Hardcover $24.00

Related Subjects

Home and Garden » Gardening » General
Home and Garden » Gardening » Reference
Science and Mathematics » Agriculture » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General

The American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$28.00 In Stock
Product details 1092 pages Dorling Kindersley Publishing - English 9780789419439 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , -- The integration of lush photograhy and detailed descriptions on each page make this book as easy to use as it is comprehensive.
-- Over 15,000 plants in 6,000 photographs and illustrations.
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at