Flora: A Gardener's Encyclopedia, Volume 1
Timber Press, 2003 - Gardening - 1584 pages
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.
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Flora: a gardener's encyclopediaUser Review - Book Verdict
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 ...
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My most essential reference.