"A thorough update and the introduction of new topics such as biodiversity and conservation has greatly enhanced this new edition: it is a 'must read' for all interested in horticulture and gardening."
—John MacLeod, RHS Professor of Horticulture
Most conventional gardening books concentrate on how and when to carry out horticultural tasks such as pruning, seed sowing and taking cuttings. This book is unique in explaining in straightforward terms some of the science that underlies these practices. It is principally a book of 'Why' – Why are plants green? Why should one cut beneath a leaf node when taking cuttings? Why do plants need so much water? But it also goes on to deal with the 'How', providing rationale behind the practical advice.
The coverage is wide-ranging and comprehensive and includes the basic structure and functioning of garden plants, nomenclature, genetics and plant breeding, soil management, environmental factors affecting growth, methods of propagation and production, pest and disease control, post harvest management and storage, and conservation and sustainable horticulture.
Now with full colour throughout, the second edition provides the reader with:
Published on behalf of the Royal Horticultural Society, this book remains a key text for those sitting RHS examinations, particularly at levels 2 and 3; it will also appeal to gardeners, growers and scientists.
Royalties from the sale of this book go towards the charitable work of the RHS, promoting horticulture and helping gardeners. www.rhs.org.uk
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About the Editors
Professor David Ingram, Formerly Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, RHS Professor of Horticulture and Master of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, UK
Dr Daphne Vince-Prue, Formerly Reader in Botany, University of Reading, Scientific Advisor to the Agricultural Research Council and Head, Physiology and Chemistry Department, Glasshouse Crops Research Institute, UK
Professor Peter Gregory, Institute Director, SCRI (Scottish Crop Research Institute), Dundee, Scotland, UKReview:
"A key book for those sitting their RHS examinations, but should also interest those gardeners interested in the science ... I guarantee you will learn quite a few things you never knew." (The Professional Gardener, October 2008)
“This book has wide application due to its wide scope and lack of highly technical language. Color photos, diagrams, and text boxes are very helpful, as is an extensive glossary.” (Southeastern Naturalist, Volume 7, Issue 3)
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