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Flora : a gardener's encyclopedia : over 20,000 plants
Hogan, Sean.
Publication Information:
Portland, Or. : Timber Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
2 volumes : color illustrations, color maps ; 31 cm + 1 CD-ROM
General Note:
Includes index.
v. 1. A-K -- v. 2. L-Z.
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SB403.2 .F66 2003 V.2 Book and Software Set Non-Fiction Area-Reference
SB403.2 .F66 2003 V.1 Book and Software Set Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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This comprehensive, beautifully illustrated encyclopedia of plants contains information on more than 20,000 plants from all around the world. Organized in an A-Z format by botanical name, the individual entries provide a detailed description of each plant and its features, including notes on origin, cultivation requirements, growth habit, propagation, and pests and diseases. The introduction explains how the 12 climatic zones work and looks at the environment and the plants that grow in those zones. Also included are lists of plants suitable for growing in specific areas, such as alpine gardens and seaside gardens. In addition, the introduction provides ideas for garden design.

Flora covers all the plant groups: trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials, bulbs, corms and tubers, cacti and succulents, lawns, ground covers, ornamental grasses, herbs, vegetables, fruit trees, other fruits, nut trees, palms and cycads, ferns, climbers and creepers, and orchids. Written by a team of international botanical and horticultural writers, this book will allow all gardeners to choose the perfect plants for their garden and will expand their knowledge on the wealth of plants available. The stunning color photography from all around the world is the perfect complement to the text.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Major garden and plant reference sources are appearing like bulbs sprouting in the spring. A significant contribution to the bouquet is this work from the independent publisher Timber Press, which is celebrating its twenty-fifth year in the industry. The encyclopedia was produced in Australia by Global Book Publishing, and the chief consultant, Hogan, for many years managed the Australia/New Zealand areas at USC-Berkeley Botanic Garden. Most of the 15 contributors are from the U.S and have credentials or experience in horticulture. Following some introductory material on hardiness zones and plant nomenclature, the pages are filled with descriptions of 20,000 plants accompanied by 10,000 color photographs. There are entries from all plant groups--trees, shrubs, bulbs, herbs, fruits, vegetables, grasses, etc. They are arranged alphabetically by botanic name and include distinguishing features, commercial use, propagation, and cultivation. Individual species follow with common name, growth habit, flower color, hardiness zone, and width and height. The majority of the plants are cultivated (not wild) and grow in temperate climates. Starred species are those recommended by the consultants. Many of the pages are more than half-filled with color pictures of various sizes from all over the world--Chile, Namibia, Nepal, Puerto Rico. The great number of species that are in existence is illustrated by 17 pages of irises, 24 pages of camellias, 59 pages of rhododendrons, and 68 pages of roses. Since the plants are listed by genus, it is necessary to use the index to find the common name. However, varieties are in the index only as a subheading of the genus; the Peace rose, for example, is listed as Rosa Peace. A small glossary and full-page spreads illustrating leaf, fruit, and flower types complete the work. An accompanying CD-ROM enables a gardener to choose plants by group, hardiness zone, flower, color, and flowering season. For 50 plants, a moving illustration shows the change of seasons on the plant. Several American Horticulture Society publications are comparable. The American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants (DK, 1997), with 15,000 entries and 6,000 small colored photos, is not as complete. A 2003 revision of the American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers RBB My 1 03 contains a Plant Catalog and also provides step-by-step suggestions for creating different garden designs. Librarians and gardeners will need to look at their budgets before deciding how many plant reference sources are needed, but Flora certainly is a beautiful and comprehensive encyclopedia for the serious gardener. -- RBB Copyright 2004 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Written by a team of over 50 predominantly American botanical and horticultural experts, this superb two-volume set profiles over 20,000 plants from around the world. There is proportionately more coverage of plants from temperate zones, reflecting the greater numbers of gardening enthusiasts in these zones. Arranged alphabetically by botanical name, each entry includes detailed descriptions of the genus, with information about cultivation, growth habits, propagation, and pests and diseases. There are also entries on specific species and cultivars. Most profiles are illustrated with excellent color photos, and for genera with many cultivars there may be illustrations without accompanying text. The introductory section, which includes information on climatic zones and gardening advice, and the concluding illustrated guides to flower, leaf, and fruit types are well done but clearly of secondary importance. The bonus CD-ROM basically reproduces the text and photos of the printed volumes without offering any worthwhile additional features except for a novelty "plants through the seasons" and higher-quality images. Likewise, the web links on the CD-ROM are not well chosen, and the search mechanism does not offer any more capability than what is offered by the print index. The American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants covers 15,000 plants, but, not surprisingly, has a more didactic tone and uses more technical language. Flora lists more common names and hybrids and is more conversational. And while the AHS volume does have "American" in its title, it sometimes betrays its British origin with the Royal Horticultural Society. Libraries already owning the AHS encyclopedia probably do not need to purchase this one, but, as in gardening, where one plant is never enough, one encyclopedia is never enough to cover the almost limitless selection of plants. Highly recommended for gardening collections with the budget for an additional resource.-Daniel Starr, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Flora treats more than 20,000 plants, selected for their significance in horticulture and forestry, including use as food, fiber, drugs, and dyes. Cultivated plants found in gardens and parks in the temperate zones are covered most completely, but many plants are included solely for their beauty, fame, and unique evolution or adaptation. The work has three sections: (1) a general introduction to the gardening tradition, the 12 hardiness zones, plant nomenclature, plant geography, discovery and classification, and plant groups; (2) the major section, listing plants alphabetically by genus and providing family name, number of species, distinguishing features, commercial use, and recommended methods of propagation and cultivation; (3) color illustrations of flower and leaf structures, shape and arrangement, and fruit types, as well as a glossary and an index that includes botanical names, common names, and synonyms. The volumes are beautifully illustrated, and most plant entries include a color photograph with the botanical name as caption. Outstanding plants in each group are starred with the "flora award." Titles similar in scope and coverage include Roger Phillips and Martin Rix's The Botanical Garden (CH, Dec'02), which has magnificent illustrations, but no approach by common names or synonyms, making it best suited for botanical libraries; and The American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, ed. by Christopher Brickell and Judith Zuk (CH, Jan'98), which covers fewer plants. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Public and undergraduate libraries. J. P. Miller Texas A&M University