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The American Horticultural Society encyclopedia of gardening
Brickell, Christopher.
Revised American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : DK, 2003.
Physical Description:
752 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Garden planning and design -- Ornamental trees -- Ornamental shrubs -- Climbing plants -- Roses -- Perennials -- Annuals and biennials -- Bulbous plants -- Rock, scree, and gravel gardening -- Water gardening -- Container gardening -- Cacti and other succulents -- Indoor gardening -- The lawn -- Growing herbs -- Growing fruit -- Growing vegetables -- -- Tools and equipment -- Greenhouses and frames -- Structures and surfaces -- Climate and the garden -- Soils and fertilizers -- Principles of propagation -- Plant problems -- Basic botany.
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An essential volume packed with authoritative advice for all gardeners, The American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Gardening guides readers expertly through the latest gardening techniques, details information on garden planning and design, and covers useful tools and materials.

Author Notes

Patrick Taylor is a medical researcher and best-selling novelist. He was born in 1941 and brought up in Bangor, Northern Ireland, Taylor studied and practiced medicine in Belfast and rural Ulster before immigrating to Canada in 1970. He has received three lifetime achievement awards including the Lifetime Award of Excellence in Reproductive Medicine of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society.

He has written or contributed to 170 academic papers and six textbooks and also served as editor-in-chief of the Canadian Obstetrics and Gynaecology Journal, as well as writing a monthly medical humour column and serving as book reviewer for Stitches: The Journal of Medical Humour.

Taylor has also published six books of creative writing, all set in Northern Ireland: a short-story collection entitled Only Wounded: Ulster Stories, and three novels: Pray for Us Sinners and its sequel Now and in the Hour of Our Death, and The Apprenticeship of Doctor Laverty (short listed for the BC Book awards fiction prize for 2005).

In 2007 The Apprenticeship of Doctor Laverty was reprinted in hardcover under the title, An Irish Country Doctor; it was the Novel of the Month in March 2007. It then became a NY Times bestseller. It has currently been translated into nine other languages. Two sequels were published, An Irish Country Village (March 2008), and An Irish Country Christmas (Oct 2008). Taylor is working on the fourth book in this series.

Taylor now lives in Ireland. (Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In 1993, when the first edition of The American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Gardening, the Americanized edition of The Royal Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Gardening (1992), appeared, reviewers used the terms definitive and comprehensive when describing it. Very often, something of that caliber is difficult to improve. However, a decade later, the American Horticultural Society has done just that in its revised and expanded edition of the 1993 work. The book remains unchanged in size, appearance, and format. Even most of the photos and actual text are identical. Subtle revisions are scattered throughout the entire work, with the majority and most obvious appearing in the first half, "Creating the Garden." It is here that the latest botanic technology and principles are found. State-of-the-art planning and design concepts now incorporate our various living conditions into today's garden lifestyles. The beauty and elegance of yesteryear's formal estates and traditional gardens have been preserved and at the same time transformed into the more casual landscapes and container gardens. An entire chapter on container gardening has been added. Techniques are discussed and illustrated for achieving the graceful and utilitarian window box, deck, patio, and rooftop gardens so prevalent today. Planning diagrams now take into consideration container sizes, shapes, and styles as well as all types of flowers and plants. The American Horticultural Society plant codes (also new) guide the selection of the most appropriate plants for the gardening space. These are based on the 2002 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone and 1997 AHS Plant Heat Zone maps found on the end papers in the front and back of the book. A detailed "Hardiness and Heat Zone Index" lies at the end of the text, just ahead of the extensive regular index. As previously, the second half of the encyclopedia pertains to garden maintenance, including pruning, diseases, structures, and surfaces. This outstanding encyclopedia supersedes its first edition and brings gardening into the twenty-first century. Recommended for gardening collections. -- RBB Copyright 2004 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Compiled by British editor in chief Brickell, the prestigious former director general of the Royal Horticultural Society, and Rogers, the U.S. consulting editor, this expanded revision of the 1993 original follows the same format as the first edition. "Part One: Creating the Garden" covers garden planning and design, major plant groups (ornamental trees and shrubs, climbing plants, roses, perennials, annuals and biennials, and bulbous plants), and types of gardens (rock, scree, and gravel gardens; water gardens; container gardens; cacti and other succulents; indoor gardens; herb, fruit, and vegetable gardens; and lawns). "Part Two: Maintaining the Garden" includes tools and equipment; greenhouses and frames; structures and surfaces; climate, soils and fertilizers; propagation; plant problems; and basic botany. However, there are substantial differences between the two editions. The 104 additional pages of the new edition include an "AHS Plant Heat Zone Map"; an updated "USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map"; a "Hardiness and Heat Zone Index," which gives the AHS codes for cold and heat tolerance for each plant; new techniques (shaping a topiary bird); more illustrated step-by-step sequences (planting bulbs in grass); more plant lists (trees that tolerate polluted air); new color photographs; and illustrations. The latest concepts in lifestyle garden design provide a new focus, with a new chapter on container gardening. Readers will not be distracted by the occasional Britishism, e.g., "Screens of living willow shield English villages from the sights and sounds of heavy traffic," as the principles involved can apply equally well to American sites. This beautiful, truly comprehensive, one-volume horticultural resource belongs in all gardening reference collections.-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

Packed with practical guidance and accompanied by clear, beautiful photographs, this completely updated edition of AHS's Encyclopedia of Gardening (1st ed., 1993) is indispensable for libraries and personal gardening collections. Part 1 covers the planning process and all aspects of plant care and cultivation including propagation and pruning. Chapters treat the main plant groups and areas of the garden (e.g., ornamental trees and shrubs, annuals, biennials, rock, scree, and gravel gardening, indoor gardening). The chapter "Growing Fruit" is particularly comprehensive with detailed diagrams and pictures. Part 2 explores garden maintenance, advising about equipment and materials, always in the context of their environment. Chapters cover how climate and soil work together to affect plants, how to improve soil, organic practices to conserve water, and plant problems. Annotated diagrams and photographs illustrate how to lay pavers and bricks, put up a fence or deck, and build a pergola. Readers will find the newest techniques, design styles, and plant cultivars to help them toward gardening success and creativity. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All collections. S. C. Awe University of New Mexico