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Botany for Gardeners (Third Edition)

By Brian Capon

An outstanding and enjoyable introduction to botany.

Bloomsbury Review

What happens inside a seed after it is planted? How are plants structured? How do plants reproduce? The answers to these and other questions about complex plant processes can be found in the bestselling Botany for Gardeners. Written in accessible language, this must-have guide allows gardeners and horticulturists to understand plants from the plant's point of view. Now in its third edition, Botany for Gardeners has now been expanded and updated, and includes an appendix on plant taxonomy, a comprehensive index, and dozens of new photos and illustrations.

Media reviews

"Packed full of features that makes plants so fascinating."

Gardens Illustrated

"A combination of crisp, friendly writing and detailed, understandable illustrations ... yields a great book that will be a welcome addition to the reference shelf."

Oregonian

"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

"An essential reference guide for those interested in how plants grow but who don't have a background in science."

Minneapolis Star Tribune

"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."

—Margaret Roach, AWayToGarden.com

About the author

Brian Capon

Brian Capon received a Ph.D. in botany from the University of Chicago and was for thirty years professor of botany at California State University, Los Angeles.

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