Botany for Gardeners


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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.


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 19910501 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] HortIdeas 19900901 A book such as this should be in every workshop, potting shed and mess room. [This review refers to the first edition] American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta Newsletter 19901101 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 19950201 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] American Herb Association Quarterly Newsletter 19990901 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] Northeastern Naturalist 19980901 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] Northeastern Naturalist 19980901 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 20021121 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 20030128 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] Ontario Gardener 20020211 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 20030307 This is a book that you will want to keep in your horticultural library for future reference. -- George Graine Virginia Master Gardeners Association Report 20050221 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 20050315 [This] is an instructional, scientific text written specifically in everyday language for gardeners, horticulturists, and lay people. Wisconsin Bookwatch 20050301 This book unwraps the mystery of the how and why of botany at a level we can understand. Virginia Master Gardeners Association Report 20050412 [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 20060101 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 20060401 Not just for gardeners, this book is highly recommended for all who are curious about the world around them. -- Marilyn K. Alaimo Chicago Botanic Garden 20060301 A fascinating book for the curious gardener. -- Ellen Barcel Setauket Times Beacon Record 20091203

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