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American Horticultural Society New Encyclopedia of Gardening Techniques Hardcover – October 15, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (October 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845334841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845334840
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.4 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* This book was published in association with the American Horticultural Society, a core component of whose mission is to “educate and inspire people to become successful and environmentally responsible gardeners.” It is hard to imagine any other activity of the society doing more to fulfill that mission than this dense, beautiful, and easy-to-use volume. Expert gardeners and garden writers have been assembled to execute this tour de force, which every serious gardener will want to repeatedly consult. Abundantly illustrated with thousands of illustrations and photographs, each clearly and sensibly written section of this volume offers helpful advice, step-by-step techniques, tips for identifying and correcting common problems, suggested plants for various situations, and lots of ideas. For the new gardener, the encyclopedia begins with gardening basics. Chapters on wildlife gardening and growing ornamentals, vegetables and herbs, fruit, and lawns follow. Water, container, and greenhouse gardening each receive special treatment in individual chapters as well. Advice on landscape design is also included at key points in each chapter. Advanced gardeners will find useful tips throughout and may be especially interested in the final chapter, which covers a wide variety of propagation techniques. In every section, the useful illustrations demonstrate exactly how to handle particular situations and challenges in every season as well as how to work with plants that have special cultural needs. The encyclopedia closes with an extensive index and helpful glossary. Whether someone is looking to deal with pests, prop up a wisteria, or start an herb garden, all who love to garden and those who want to start will find something useful here. This encyclopedia is a strong reminder of the value of bringing together a huge amount of authoritative information in a compact form that does not require a power cord. Highly recommended for collections used by gardeners and aspiring gardeners. It would be a valuable tool for schools where gardens and gardening are integrated into the classroom. --Jeff Kosokoff

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Garden books come and go each year, but the American Horticultural Society's "New Encyclopedia of Gardening Techniques" (Mitchell Beazley, $45) is essential to any gardener, newbie and green-thumbed alike.

Weighing in at more than 4 1/2 pounds, this indispensable work is the latest book from the national gardening association (ahs.org) that dates to 1922. The book offers more than 2,000 illustrations and 200 color photos covering everything from the nuts and bolts of soil makeup and digging techniques to weed control, compost piles, containers, growing edibles, water gardening and garden design. What sets it apart, however, is its focus on earth-friendly, organic gardening practices.

Although it's geared to all regions of the country -- you'll find citrus trees discussed, for instance -- this hefty reference book is intended as a general resource on a multitude of gardening topics, one that will whet your appetite for more as you delve into it this winter.
Chicago Tribune

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The New Encyclopedia is a must have reference.
Matthew M. Cohen
While it does in fact cover virtually every technique I have heard of, after reading this book I must be a much better gardener than I thought.
Stuart Ferguson
It is well organized, clearly written and full of techniques for the beginner as well as more advanced gardener.
Katya P

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Lind on December 21, 2009
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Master gardener and beginner alike will delight in this comprehensive guide to gardening techniques. Every situation imaginable is covered. The layout makes this compendium easy to use and the pictures are stunning as well as helpful in understanding the techniques being described. This is truly a must have. Kudos to the editors!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By V Blak on October 26, 2010
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I am completely new to gardening at the ripe old age of 42. Yes, I have waited 42 years to start figuring out just how plants grow and what the heck do they need. More importantly, how do I even being to start to garden? How do seeds grow, how do I plant trees, what plants grow where, how much water do they need, why didn't my seed germinate and so on. Like any newbie I have a million questions and that is exactly what this book is all about. It's like the google of gardening but in a book with illustrations. I love it. I love it so much I am about to post about it on gliving.com where I am documenting my first gardening attempt.

You can't go wrong with this book. This is an up to date modern book with a fresh feel to it. It's not one of those re-hashed gardening books filled with old photos from gardening magazines or old gardening books. This is feel like it was create especially for the modern urban gardener, which I am guessing is probably someone like you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Ferguson on January 31, 2013
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This book is very comprehensive, and while most would say that is a strength, with this book it is probably a weakness. While it does in fact cover virtually every technique I have heard of, after reading this book I must be a much better gardener than I thought. The broad subject coverage means that not a lot of depth is given to any one topic.

I read the whole book in a single sitting and I learned maybe three things.

If you are familiar with USDA hardiness zones and the AHS Heat Zone map and you know the difference in a variety and a cultivar and a species and you know what an annual, perennial, and biennial are off the top of your head, and you are aware that a lot of things listed as annual by a nursery are actually just cold terminated perennials, then this book probably won't help you much. You are already aware of your local climate and can discern which plants can grow there and which ones will need human help to survive.

Who this book WOULD be useful to is someone new to gardening. It is a great reference for any one with a young gardener apprentice and it offers some basic ideas to get them going. It's a general reference book and you will quickly replace it with a variety of other more indepth books on specific topics more suited to your taste.

In the end I think it's a worthwhile addition to a library on gardening.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matthew M. Cohen on December 17, 2009
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The New Encyclopedia is a must have reference. It really is not expensive. some of it overlaps the 1st Edition and some present. Both books together begin to reach the long out of date Horticulture. This book is practical and with suggestions for different plant zones across the climate while at the same time taking the time to remind the reader about micro-climates eg under Shade or acidity of soil. I've used it sufficiently that I do not have to go to the 1st edition very much. But the best reference. Matt Cohen Zen of Watering Your Garden
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Excellent book, explains why as well as how. Now if we could just get NC "concrete" soil to cooperate ...
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By Katya P on August 23, 2013
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I have used this book for approximately 6 months now. It is well organized, clearly written and full of techniques for the beginner as well as more advanced gardener. I would definitely recommend this book.
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I have about 20 gardening books and this by far the best out of all of them. covers everything you'll need to be a successful gardener. lots of pictures, diagrams, and description of gardening technique. if you need to get one book, this is the one to have
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