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Wyman's Gardening Encyclopedia Hardcover – February 4, 1987

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House & Garden Everything you might want to know.

The Washington Post Absolutely fabulous.

The New York Times A must.

Flower Grower A book of unusual value, a standard work which will hold its place for many years on the shelves of libraries, of horticulturalists, and of home gardeners alike.

Boston Sunday Globe Dr. Donald Wyman, whose manifold and superb horticultural qualifications cannot be surpassed in this country, has now come to our rescue with an excellent compilation of plants and cultural advice in a single volume.

Russell J. Siebert former Director of Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania It represents a masterpiece of knowledge gained from intimate association with plants through a lifetime of experience. The entire book expresses the wide experience and personal knowledge of one of America's finest plantsmen and horticulturalists.

Dr. George S. Avery former Director, Brooklyn Botanic Garden The most broadly conceived and magnificently organized one-volume gardening and horticultural reference book that I have ever had the pleasure of using.

ALA Booklist An excellent source on gardening.

About the Author

Donald Wyman was the horticulturalist at Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum for thirty-three years and is now horticulturalist emeritus. A former president and director of the American Horticultural Society, he has received the highest horticultural awards available to an American in Great Britain and the United States, including the George Robert White Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the Liberty Hyde Bailey gold medal from the American Horticultural Society, the Veitch Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society, and the Medal of Honor from the Garden Club of America. The author of Trees for American Gardens, Shrubs and Vines for American Gardens, The Saturday Morning Gardener, and Ground Cover Plants, Dr. Wyman lives in Weston, Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1248 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 2 Exp Sub edition (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0026320703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0026320702
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.7 x 2.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on August 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have many gardening books and catalogs in my library, however, Wyman's is the one I refer to time and again because of its comprehensive discussion of each plant. If I could only have one reference, this would be it.
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I would like to be able to rate this book at 4.9 stars, because, in my opinion and by way of usage and reference, only one other usually supercedes it (the comprehensively illustrated "AHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants"). Yet the Wyman's remains a valuable reference that I consult as a second (and often first) source of botannical and gardening information.
The other readers' reviews here should give ample incentive to buy this book. Their words-"well researched" [the book is thorough in its descriptions and definitions], "full and opinionated" [the writing is colorful and makes for interesting reading] and "comprehensive" [Wyman even gives the correct Latin pronunciation of each listed genus (I wish the AHS book did)]-affirm the book's usefulness.
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By A Customer on March 4, 1999
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Offering more information than you'll find anywhere else, this encyclpedia does NOT read like a pretty plant catalogue filled with the usual tired (and brief) descriptions. This book is a labor of love: full and opinionated, proof that a picture is not worth a thousand, well-researched words.
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Compared to other gardening encyclopedias, Wyman's has more of the answers more of the time with comprehensive lists, excellent illustrations and diagrams, and best of all, pleasing typography! A heavy user of horticultural reference material, if I were confined to one single source, Wyman's would be it
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What it lacks in glitz (American Hort Society books for example), it more than makes up for in information and organization. Covers everything. If you want to look up information on growing a plant, general information about one, diseases it gets and their treatments: this is the place. Further there is copius information on general gardening, recommendations for different conditions, and on and on, all written in a wry style that I enjoy.

If you want beautiful books with lots pictures of pictures try the AHS series, if you want to look stuff up about the pictures, you can not do better than Wyman's.
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If what you want is information and lots of it, this is your book. It's not sexy and the illustrations remind one of another, earlier, century, but they're nicely explanatory and comfortable. If you read enough you discover he has a sense of humor, also. Reminds me a little of Julia Child or Irma S. Rombauer (the original author of The Joy of Cooking) in confident tone, personal quirkiness and good cheer. Comprehensive coverage in context, and with enough basic science thrown in to help keep you situated.
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