Synopses & Reviews
The American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Gardening is the one and only practical guide to gardening you'll ever need. The comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date text -- supported by more than 3,000 specially commissioned color photographs -- guides you expertly through the entire range of gardening techniques. The first section of the book, Creating the Garden, opens with detailed information on garden planning and design. Other chapters focus on the major plant groups, including trees, shrubs, and perennials, as well as special areas such as the fruit garden and indoor garden. Each chapter presents detailed. Each chapter presents detailed, in-depth coverage of soil preparation, planting, routine care, pruning and propagation with step-by-step photographs and artwork. Important plant groups, such as hostas, daylillies, an peonies, are highlighted. The second section of the book, Maintaining the Garden, covers tools and materials as well as soil an climate in different regions of the United States. Construction projects, from putting up fencing to building a pergola, are covered with easy-to-follow photographic sequences. A gallery of pests and diseases aids in quick identification and control. There is also a gardener's calendar with seasonal reminders and an extensive glossary. Written by Experts: Endorsed by the American Horticultural Society, the Encyclopedia of Gardening has been expertly researched and written by a team of more than 50 distinguished international gardening specialists. Four years in the making, painstakingly photographed and carefully written, The American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Gardening is truly the ultimate gardening reference book.
Provides illustrated instructions on all aspects of cultivation. The authoritative text includes more than 3,000 full-color photographs. Over 500 photographic sequences of basic and advanced techniques give the detailed, expert guidance every gardener needs.
About the Author
Christopher Brickell, Editor-in-Chief, has been Director General of the Royal Horticultural Society since 1985. He began his career with the Society in 1958, and became Director of Wisley Garden in 1969. In addition to lecturing in Britain and abroad, he has contributed to many horticultural and botanical reference works. Among his awards are the Victoria Medal of Honour and the Grey Robert White Medal of Honor, conferred in Boston in 1988. Elvin McDonald, Editor-in-Chief, serves on the board of directors of the American Horticultural Society and was formerly the Director of Special Projects at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York. The author of more than 40 books on horticulture and gardening, he consults throughout the United States. He lives in Houston, Texas. Trevor Cole, Consulting Editor, is Curator of the Dominion Arboretum in Ottawa, past President of the Ottawa Horticultural Society, and past Director of the Ontario Rock Garden Association and the Garden Writers Association. Writer and consultant for many home gardening publications, he is the author of The Ontario Gardener and was chief consultant for the Illustrated Guide to Gardening in Canada. He lives in Kinburn, Ontario. The American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Gardening has been researched, written, and assembled with the assistance of more than 50 expert consultants and contributors, including: Caroline Boisset, horticulturist and author of Vertical Gardening and Plant Growth Planner. Jack Elliott, Chairman of the Royal Horticultural Society Rock Garden Plant Committee, formerly President of the Alpine Garden Society. William E. Ferguson, retired Professor of Entomology at San Jose State University, California. Expert in agricultural entomology and biological control of insect and week pests. Jim Gardiner, Curator of the Royal Horticultural Society Garden at Wisley. Writer on woody plants. Michael Gibson, former President of the Royal National Rose Society, and currently Chairman of the Gardens Management Committee. George Gilbert, formerly Fruit Officer at the Royal Horticultural Society Garden at Wisley and Plantations Officer at Long Ashton Research Station. Arthur Hellyer, former Financial Times gardening correspondent and regular contributor to leading magazines. R. Kenneth Horst, Professor of Plant Pathology at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and expert on diseases of ornamental plants. Clive Innes, founder of a specialist cactus collection at Holly Gate Nurseries, Ashinton, Sussex. Joy Larkcom, author of the Royal Horticultural Society Vegetable Garden Displayed and several other vegetable books. Susan M. Bachenheimer Resnick, author of Bonsai, landscape designer, lecturer, and teacher. Peter Robinson, water garden designer and writer, former Principal of Capel Manor Horticultural College, Enfield, Middlesex, and a Director of Stapeley Water Gardens, Nantwich, Chesire. Steve Scanniello, rosarian at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, New York. author of numerous books and articles on roses. Donald Schuder, Professor Emeritus at Purdue University, Indiana. Author of Insects of Ornamental Plants.
Table of Contents
Garden planning and design -- Ornamental trees -- Ornamental shrubs -- Climbing plants -- The rose garden -- Perennials annuals and biennials -- The rock garden -- Bulbous plants -- The water garden -- Cacti and other succulents -- The lawn -- The herb garden -- The vegetable garden -- The fruit garden -- The indoor garden -- Tools and equipment -- Greenhouses and frames -- Structures and surfaces -- Climate and the garden -- Soils and fertilizers -- Principles of propagation -- Plant problems -- Basic botany.