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Shorter dictionary of gardening
Pollock, Michael.
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Publication Information:
London : Macmillan, 1998.
Physical Description:
836 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
General Note:
At head of title: The Royal Horticultural Society.

Includes indexes.
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SB450.95 .P65 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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An A-Z of gardening information. This reference pays particular attention to easily available plants, offers horticultural advice, contains tables of the big plant families, provides descriptions of pests and diseases, and includes articles about organic and peat-free gardening.

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Booklist Review

Though The American Horticultural Society A^-Z of Garden Plants [RBB Ja 1 & 15 98], with its many color photos and U.S. emphasis, would be a library's first choice, this condensed version of the four-volume New RHS Dictionary of Gardening [RBB S 1 92] is worth considering. There are descriptions of more than 18,000 plants, along with definitions of botanical and horticultural terms. Many entries have been rewritten or revised to meet "the needs and standards of dedicated amateurs and horticultural students."

Library Journal Review

The RHS set has wonderful descriptions of, and cultural information for, virtually all the world's garden plants. It also includes biographies as well as excellent details on topics like plant nutrition and gardening within specific countries. Although sparsely illustrated, this is the ultimate reference for large and horticultural libraries. The one-volume Shorter Dictionary is more manageable in size and price for small and medium-sized public libraries; it gives lucid definitions of gardening terms and very good descriptions of a great variety of plants. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

A single-volume distillation of the highly acclaimed New Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening (4v., CH, Feb'93), which stands as the most comprehensive work on horticulture, this briefer work was designed for a more popular readership but is sure to find a home in smaller undergraduate and public libraries. Entries, arranged alphabetically, include descriptions of 1,900 genera and some 18,000 individual plants; advice about plants and practical techniques; glossaries of botany, gardening, and common names; information about pests and diseases; and a wide spectrum of horticultural terms, techniques, and processes. Entries on individual plants concentrate on their merits in the garden and the selection of best species, hybrids, and cultivars. Color plates and line drawings enhance the text. Other attractions are a pests and diseases diagnostic chart, a glossary of plant forms, an index of common names, and an index of synonyms. Pollock and Griffiths have condensed and revised the original work very skillfully to meet the needs of gardening enthusiasts and students of horticulture. J. P. Miller; Texas A&M University