Botany for Gardeners

Botany for Gardeners

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By (author) Brian Capon

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  • Publisher: Timber Press
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm x 14mm | 520g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Portland, OR
  • ISBN 10: 160469095X
  • ISBN 13: 9781604690958
  • Edition: 3
  • Edition statement: 3rd edition
  • Illustrations note: 172 color photos, 3 b&w photos, 56 line drawings
  • Sales rank: 25,000

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For two decades readers around the world have been fascinated by Brian Capon's crystal-clear descriptions of how plants work. What happens inside a seed after it is planted? How do plants use each other - and animals - to survive? How do they reproduce, and how do they transform nutrients into growth? "Botany for Gardeners" is the most complete, compact, and accessible introduction to the world of botany available. The new edition has been expanded with dazzling scanning electron microscope photographs and even more amazing facts about plants. Especially timely are new essays on food plants: what makes plants edible, the effects of climate change, and the role of genetic engineering. Whether it's the exotic behaviors of unusual seeds, the astounding weight-bearing capacity of the Victoria waterlily, or the ingenious existence of lichens, the third edition of "Botany for Gardeners" will be embraced by beginning gardeners and devoted plant-o-philes.

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Brian Capon, a native of Cheshire, England, was educated in England, Canada, and the United States, receiving a Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Chicago. For thirty years he was Professor of Botany at California State University, Los Angeles, where he taught courses ranging from undergraduate general botany to advanced subjects for graduate students. He retired in 1991 as Professor Emeritus. His other book, Plant Survival: Adapting to a Hostile World, was published by Timber Press in 1994, and he occasionally writes on various topics. He is an accomplished landscape and still life painter, enjoys photography, and has traveled extensively throughout the world. Gardening, cooking, and attending plays and opera are among his many pleasures.

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"Gives the basics in a layperson's language, and it's not the size of a typical scientific tome, which in my book recommends it highly. [This review refers to the first edition]" Dulcy Mahar, Oregonian, November 21, 2002"

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"Botany for Gardeners offers a clear explanation of how plants grow. What happens inside a seed after it is planted?How are plants structured?How do plants adapt to their environment?How is water transported from soil to leaves?Why are minerals, air, and light important for healthy plant growth?How do plants reproduce?The answers to these and other questions about complex plant processes, written in everyday language, allow gardeners and horticulturists to understand plants "from the plant's point of view."A best-seller since its debut in 1990, "Botany for Gardeners has now been expanded and updated, and includes an appendix on plant taxonomy and a comprehensive index. Two dozen new photos and illustrations make this new edition even more attractive than its predecessor.