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American Horticultural Society
These books are huge references, a must for any serious gardener's bookshelf or for the amateur who only wants one book.
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Encyclopedia Of Garden Plants American Horticultural Society A To Z
Encyclopedia Of Garden Plants

by Christopher Brickell, Judith Zuk
Hardcover (1997)
Collecting contributions from 100 distinguished horticulturists, the handsome and lavishly illustrated American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants is a truly definitive gardening reference.   With its 1,092 tiny-print pages, this may not be the book to tuck into your pocket as you weed and mulch, but what this encyclopedia lacks in portability, it certainly makes up for in scope.   Hardy and tender plants, heirloom varieties and the latest hybrids -- they're all accounted for here, with growing tips and background information about native habitats and ornamental features.   You'll also find a fascinating section about botany, as well as information about basic gardening techniques such as mulching, staking, pruning, propagating, and protecting plants for winter.   But the encyclopedia's main attraction is the individual plant entries -- more than 15,000 of them, embellished with 6,000 full-color photographs and illustrations.   From the visual glossary of leaves to the map of growing regions, The American Horticultural Society A-Z of Garden Plants provides an unsurpassed wealth of botanical information, making it the yardstick by which all other gardening references must be measured.
Encyclopedia Of Gardening American Horticultural Society
Encyclopedia Of Gardening

by Christopher Brickell, Elvin McDonald, Trevor Cole
Hardcover (1993)
This is a comprehensive garden book, with nearly 700 pages and more than 3,000 color photographs.  (The index alone is 56 pages of small type, from "Aaron's beard" to "zygote.")  The first section, on creating the garden, deals with garden planning and design and major plant groups: trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and biennials, rock gardens, bulbous plants, succulents, herb gardens, fruit gardens, rose gardens, indoor gardens, and climbing plants.  The second section, on maintaining the garden, covers tools and equipment, greenhouses and frames, structures and surfaces, climate, soils and fertilizers, plant problems, and propagation.  The book was researched and written by 50 garden specialists and was four years in the making; it's the only reference book a gardener will ever need.
George Cohen CopyrightŠ 1993, American Library Association. All rights reserved
The American Horticultural Society's Plant Propagation is one of those stuck-on-a-desert-island books.   All the information you could ever possibly want in order to propagate virtually any plant or tree or cactus or succulent that might be growing on said desert island is to be found somewhere between the covers.

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