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Botany for Gardeners

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 14mm | 519.99g
  • Timber Press
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • 172 color photos, 3 b&w photos, 56 line drawings
  • 160469095X
  • 9781604690958
  • 20,093

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This book unwraps the mystery of the how and why of botany at a level we can understand. A book such as this should be in every workshop, potting shed and mess room. [This review refers to the first edition] If you ever wanted to know why a plant reacts the way it does, this book is for you. [This review refers to the first edition] [This] is an instructional, scientific text written specifically in everyday language for gardeners, horticulturists, and lay people. Written for those who would like to do more than simply 'get by' with intuitive knowledge about plants. [This review refers to the first edition] Those who enjoy and are fascinated by plants and gardening, would enjoy them even more with the help of this book. [This review refers to the first edition] This is a reference that should be on the desk of everyone interested in plants. [This review refers to the first edition] -- Ann Milovsoroff "Pappus" (01/28/2003) With its many color photographs, its discursive style, and its comprehensive glossary, "Botany for Gardeners" is a joy to read. [This review refers to the first edition] This is a book that you will want to keep in your horticultural library for future reference. -- George Graine "Virginia Master Gardeners Association Report" (02/21/2005) I highly recommend this book ... Learning new things would be such a pleasure if we had more such books. [This review refers to the first edition] -- Barbara Joe Hoshizaki "Fiddlehead Forum" (03/07/2003) 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" (11/21/2002) A combination of crisp, friendly writing and detailed, understandable illustrations (both line drawings and photographs) yields a great book that will be a welcome addition to the reference shelf. -- Kim Long "Bloomsbury Review" (03/15/2005) In this magical little volume Capon covers the entire breadth of botanical science in concise, clear terms that anyone can understand and enjoy, but he doesn't make the mistake of talking down to the reader. [This review refers to the first edition] [Capon] tells it like it is, reminding the reader along the way what remains a mystery even to trained botanists. This book will give you answers to many of your questions -- and answers to questions you did not know you had. -- Peter Kendall "American Rhododendron Society Journal" (01/01/2006) This self-styled 'introduction and guide' for gardeners is a fascinating look at how plants grow. Well-written with diagrams to illustrate concepts, the book should be on the list for every serious gardener who has always wanted to know a little bit more about how things work. [This review refers to the first edition] Capon's writing is interesting and engaging. He makes botany sound as interesting as it really is. To those who think that plants don't do anything, he says: 'Throughout every moment of a plant's life, activities of inconceivable complexity take place beneath a deceptive facade of effortlessness and tranquillity.' [This review refers to the first edition] -- Stanley Rice "Academic Library Book Review" (02/01/1995) "Botany for Gardeners" is a handy reference book for all questions relating to the growth of plants and the processes of seed germination, growth, photosynthesis, development of roots and shoots, reproduction, and adaptation. -- Rosemary Read "Social Gardener" (04/01/2006) "In this magical little volume Capon covers the entire breadth of botanical science in concise, clear terms that anyone can understand and enjoy, but he doesn't make the mistake of talking down to the reader. [This review refers to the first edition]"--San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles, May 1991 "A combination of crisp, friendly writing and detailed, understandable illustrations (both line drawings and photographs) yields a great book that will be a welcome addition to the reference shelf."--Kim Long "Bloomsbury Review " "An essential reference guide for those interested in how plants grow but who don't have a background in science." --Margaret Roach "Bloomsbury Review " "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" "Packed full of features that makes plants so fascinating." --Gardens Illustrated "An outstanding and enjoyable introduction to botany, whether the reader is a gardener, or just a garden visitor." --Bloomsbury Review "A combination of crisp, friendly writing and detailed, understandable illustrations (both line drawings and photographs) yields a great book that will be a welcome addition to the reference shelf." --The Oregonian "You don't have to be a plant geek to get enormous pleasure from this treasure of a book. . . . Armed with this information, you can be a better gardener." --Smith Mountain Laker Magazine "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." --SciTech Book News Packed full of features that makes plants so fascinating. Gardens Illustrated An outstanding and enjoyable introduction to botany, whether the reader is a gardener, or just a garden visitor. Bloomsbury Review A combination of crisp, friendly writing and detailed, understandable illustrations (both line drawings and photographs) yields a great book that will be a welcome addition to the reference shelf. The Oregonian You don t have to be a plant geek to get enormous pleasure from this treasure of a book. . . . Armed with this information, you can be a better gardener. Smith Mountain Laker Magazine 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. SciTech Book News " Packed full of features that makes plants so fascinating. "Gardens Illustrated" An outstanding and enjoyable introduction to botany, whether the reader is a gardener, or just a garden visitor. "Bloomsbury Review" A combination of crisp, friendly writing and detailed, understandable illustrations (both line drawings and photographs) yields a great book that will be a welcome addition to the reference shelf. "The Oregonian" You don t have to be a plant geek to get enormous pleasure from this treasure of a book. . . . Armed with this information, you can be a better gardener. "Smith Mountain Laker Magazine" 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. "SciTech Book News" " "An outstanding and enjoyable introduction to botany, whether the reader is a gardener, or just a garden visitor." "Bloomsbury Review""A combination of crisp, friendly writing and detailed, understandable illustrations (both line drawings and photographs) yields a great book that will be a welcome addition to the reference shelf." "Oregonian" You don t have to be a plant geek to get enormous pleasure from this treasure of a book Armed with this information, you can be a better gardener. "Smith Mountain Laker Magazine""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." "SciTech Book News"" An outstanding and enjoyable introduction to botany, whether the reader is a gardener, or just a garden visitor." " "An essential reference for every gardener and every young person who otherwise won t learn the botanical sciences and miss out on a whole lot of life." " A fascinating book for the curious gardener. --Dulcy Mahar "Bloomsbury Review ""show more

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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.show more

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What happens inside a seed after it is planted? How do plants reproduce and grow? What roles do minerals, air, and light play in the life of a play? Still the most complete, compact, accessible introduction to the world of botany, this third edition includes dazzling electron microscope photos and even more amazing facts about plants. From plant anatomy to basic genetics, this marvelous book explains the science of plants in plain language anyone can understand.show more

About Brian Capon

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.show more

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