American Horticultural Society New Encyclopedia of Gardening Techniques

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A flagship practical book of step-by-step gardening techniques from the AHS that shows up-to-date skills to a new generation of gardeners.

The AHS New Encyclopedia of Gardening Techniques is the new definitive guide to explaining all the essential techniques you are ever likely to need. It reflects modern best-practice gardening at the American Horticultural Society, a leading gardening authority.
All techniques are shown clearly and simply with step-by-step instructions for every gardener to follow. Contains more than 2000 clear and concise color illustrations supported by over 1000 beautiful color photos. Includes steps for planning, pruning, propagating, feeding and watering. Covers all plants including trees, flowers, shrubs, climbers, lawns, vegetables, fruit and herbs. Shows how to create water features and patios, and add lighting. Includes organic techniques, recycling and how to treat pests and diseases. There are also chapters on container gardening, gardening under glass, garden tools and equipment, and everyday garden maintenance as well as on landscaping and construction work. The wealth of practical information makes this book an essential purchase for both professional and amateur gardeners

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The American Horticultural Society is at the forefront of a gardening revolution in which received wisdom is questioned and updated. Put together by an army of experts, this book is the result of more than 100 years of practical experience in gardens across the world.

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*Starred Review* This book was published in association with the American Horticultural Society, a core component of whose mission is to “educate and inspire people to become successful and environmentally responsible gardeners.” It is hard to imagine any other activity of the society doing more to fulfill that mission than this dense, beautiful, and easy-to-use volume. Expert gardeners and garden writers have been assembled to execute this tour de force, which every serious gardener will want to repeatedly consult. Abundantly illustrated with thousands of illustrations and photographs, each clearly and sensibly written section of this volume offers helpful advice, step-by-step techniques, tips for identifying and correcting common problems, suggested plants for various situations, and lots of ideas. For the new gardener, the encyclopedia begins with gardening basics. Chapters on wildlife gardening and growing ornamentals, vegetables and herbs, fruit, and lawns follow. Water, container, and greenhouse gardening each receive special treatment in individual chapters as well. Advice on landscape design is also included at key points in each chapter. Advanced gardeners will find useful tips throughout and may be especially interested in the final chapter, which covers a wide variety of propagation techniques. In every section, the useful illustrations demonstrate exactly how to handle particular situations and challenges in every season as well as how to work with plants that have special cultural needs. The encyclopedia closes with an extensive index and helpful glossary. Whether someone is looking to deal with pests, prop up a wisteria, or start an herb garden, all who love to garden and those who want to start will find something useful here. This encyclopedia is a strong reminder of the value of bringing together a huge amount of authoritative information in a compact form that does not require a power cord. Highly recommended for collections used by gardeners and aspiring gardeners. It would be a valuable tool for schools where gardens and gardening are integrated into the classroom. --Jeff Kosokoff

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