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Title:
American Horticultural Society encyclopedia of plants and flowers.
Author:
Brickell, Christopher.
Publication Information:
New York : DK Pub., [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
720 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780789489937
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Combining the authority of the AHS with the visual expertise of DK, this full-color gardening reference is the definitive guide for gardeners. Simply the definitive full-color reference to the horticulture of North America, AHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers contains more than 8,000 plant profiles, over 4,250 photographs, and practical advice on everything from cultivation, pests, and diseases, to plant selection and identification


Author Notes

The American Horticultural Society educates and inspires people of all ages to become successful and environmentally responsible gardeners by advancing the art and science of horticulture. The former director of the Royal Horticultural Society, Christopher Brickell is the editor-in-chief of DK's The AHS Encyclopedia of Gardening and co-author of AHS Society Pruning and Training.


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Framers of electronic databases can take lessons from Alexander Street Press, which has mounted 502 full-text plays on its new online source, Black Drama. With the aid of drama expert James V. Hatch, the company projects the list will grow to 1,200 entries, 25 percent of them previously unpublished. Playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, and the Caribbean are represented, among them Ossie Davis, Angelina Grimke, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Sonia Sanchez, Jean Toomer, Melvin Van Peebles, and Derek Walcott. The beauty of this database is its anticipation of the user's needs. Enhancing the site are clear fonts and hypertexts, uncluttered page layouts, and speedy resolution from PhiloLogic software, which the University of Chicago developed. The table of contents lists Authors (125 of these on the day we looked), Years (from 1846 to 2001), Characters, Plays, Productions, Theaters, Companies, Subjects, and Related Resources, such as playbills, posters, and production stills. If one selects Authors, a neat, organized author list pops up with life data and number of plays, divided into published and unpublished. Under biographical details are a wealth of possibilities, including sexual orientation, education, and differentiation of nationality, ethnicity, and race plus instant links to titles and character lists. Selecting one of the plays leads to a record that has links to the electronic text as well as to author information, bibliographic details, related resources, and character information. Under Theaters, a list of 120 theaters that produced black drama provides information about productions, theater style, seating capacity, and theatrical companies, including players and their birth dates. A Find tool allows searching by Authors, Plays, Characters, Scenes, Production, Theater, and Resources. Very specific criteria such as the school the author attended or the seating capacity of the theater can be used to narrow these searches. Keyword full-text searching is also available, and here the researcher can again combine multiple fields. Flaws are few. Biographies lack the depth one might find in other resources, such as various volumes of Gale's Dictionary of Literary Biography series. The focus of this sophisticated research tool is on the plays themselves rather than on background or context. Another 350 plays will be added this spring, and the update that follows will bring the number up to the projected 1,200. Black Drama is an indispensable tool for research collections in African American and world literature.


Publisher's Weekly Review

This lushly illustrated and exhaustive gardening reference, an update to the 1989 original, is sure to gratify greenthumbs all around the U.S.: comprising three main sections (the plant selector, the plant catalogue and the plant dictionary), it's an excellent resource for anyone looking to fashion a beautiful and environmentally sustainable garden. The plant selector points gardeners toward flora appropriate to their environmental or aesthetic needs (e.g., plants that do well in sandy or alkaline soil, make good windbreaks or have aromatic leaves), while the plant catalogue, organized into sections by type (perennials, shrubs, bulbs, water plants) and boasting thousands of photographs, delves into greater detail about the characteristics of individual species. Each section is helpfully organized by seasons of "interest" and plant size or color: the yellow asphodel is a medium yellow perennial that looks its best in spring, for instance, while Gentiana septemfida is a large blue rock plant whose best months are autumnal. The dictionary lists more than 8,000 plants, from abelia to creeping zinnia. For the garden enthusiast, this volume will likely prove as indispensable as a good trowel. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Although the editors are British and Canadian, respectively, this revised and expanded volume focuses on American plants rather than on the British plants featured in the 1989 version (The American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Garden Plants). Beginning with advice on creating a garden in harmony with nearby buildings and landscape, the book is chockfull of information to guide and to inspire all gardeners. The "Plant Selector" section lists plants appropriate for a wide variety of environments, from plants for clay soil to deer-resistant plants to plants for windbreaks. The "Plant Catalog" organizes 4000 plants by category (trees, shrubs, perennials, climbers, etc.), then by size, season of interest, and color. A "Plant Dictionary" lists more than 8000 plants with advice on their cultivation and propagation. Along with color photographs, which make identification easy and aid in the selection of plants for an environmentally sustainable garden, little diagrams show the height, spread, and shape of each adult plant. Warning symbols indicate toxic plants. Also included are an updated USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map (with 15 zones) and the AHS Plant Heat Zone Map. An "Index of Common Names" and a glossary round out this comprehensive guide to plant selection and identification. Indispensable to both the professional horticulturist and the amateur gardener, this reference belongs in all libraries.-Nancy Myers, Univ. of South Dakota Lib., Vermillion (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

"Authoritative and definitive" aptly describes this comprehensive encyclopedia about the appearance and cultivation of thousands of individual plants. The main sections include "How to Use this Book," "Plant Names and Origins," "Creating a Garden," "The Plant Selector," "The Plant Catalog," and "The Plant Dictionary," followed by an index of common names and a glossary. "Creating a Garden" offers expert advice on garden styles, planning and structuring, positioning plants for impact, and using color and texture. "The Plant Dictionary" covers 8,000 easily obtainable garden plants and acts as an index to "The Plant Catalog," which offers advice on cultivation and propagation, is organized into sections by type (trees, shrubs, bulbs, climbers, perennials, annuals, rock plants, water plants, cacti), and is illustrated with more than 4,250 photographs. Introductory essays discuss choices and features of each type of plant, stressing ways to maintain year-round interest. Within the groups, plants are arranged by size based on height, then by season and color. Warning symbols identify toxic plants. The inspirational and practical value of this resource cannot be overstated. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels. S. C. Awe University of New Mexico