- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: Timber Press; 3rd edition (May 21, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 160469095X
- ISBN-13: 978-1604690958
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 134 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“You don’t have to be a plant geek to get enormous pleasure from this treasure of a book. . . . Armed with this information, you can be a better gardener.” —Smith Mountain Laker Magazine
“Gives the basics in a layperson's language, and it's not the size of a typical scientific tome, which in my book recommends it highly.” —SciTech Book News
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"Botany for Gardeners offers a clear explanation of how plants grow. What happens inside a seed after it is planted?How are plants structured?How do plants adapt to their environment?How is water transported from soil to leaves?Why are minerals, air, and light important for healthy plant growth?How do plants reproduce?The answers to these and other questions about complex plant processes, written in everyday language, allow gardeners and horticulturists to understand plants "from the plant's point of view."A best-seller since its debut in 1990, "Botany for Gardeners has now been expanded and updated, and includes an appendix on plant taxonomy and a comprehensive index. Two dozen new photos and illustrations make this new edition even more attractive than its predecessor.
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The book was recommended reading for volunteers at the Hunting into Library and Garden. I found it a nice refresher as the last botany class I had taken had been in high school.
The book covers such topics as plant growth, organization, reproduction and adaptation.
Brian’s love and enthusiasm for his subject comes through in his writing. His illustrations, both diagrams and photographs, were clear and illuminated the subject matter nicely. The book touches on the chemistry that would underlie a more rigorous study, in such areas as photosynthesis and cellular biology, giving a taste that allows the reader to decide whether to pursue more in-depth study.
After reading the book, I feel much more knowledgeable about the basic concepts of botany as they relate to the plants I see everywhere around me and I would recommend this book to anyone wanting an introduction or refresher for the basics of botany.
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