Botany for Gardeners (Science for Gardeners)

A bestseller since its debut in 1990, this indispensable and handy reference has now been expanded and updated to include an appendix on plant taxonomy and a comprehensive index Two dozen new photos and illustrations make this new edition even richer with information Its convenient paperback format makes it easy to carry and access, whether you are in or out of the gardeA bestseller since its debut in 1990, this indispensable and handy reference has now been expanded and updated to include an appendix on plant taxonomy and a comprehensive index Two dozen new photos and illustrations make this new edition even richer with information Its convenient paperback format makes it easy to carry and access, whether you are in or out of the garden An essential overview of the science behind plants for beginning and advanced gardeners alike.
Botany for Gardeners Science for Gardeners A bestseller since its debut in this indispensable and handy reference has now been expanded and updated to include an appendix on plant taxonomy and a comprehensive index Two dozen new photos a

  • Title: Botany for Gardeners (Science for Gardeners)
  • Author: Brian Capon
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Kindle Edition
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    1. Botany for Gardeners is an excellent intro to botany for anyone. Luckily, gardeners in this context seems to simply refer to anyone who wants to learn about botany outside of a school course and from a book that isn't a textbook (unlike several other agroecology-focused books I've read recently that were more about gardening advice somewhat informed by science than about the science itself). While perhaps not as compelling as David Attenborough's The Private Life of Plants, Botany for Gardeners [...]

    2. I had to read this book in about 3 weeks for an exam. It reads a little dense for material but it's very thorough. I suggest familiarizing yourself with some plant anatomy before delving in as this text doesn't address the basics.

    3. I really liked this book, it's very indepth about how plants grow and their needs. This book might be a bit advanced for the average gardner who justs wants to grow some annuals and the odd perrenial, and just wants an instruction book on where and when to plant them. This book explains the actually works of the plant and gives you whys of where you should plant them in the particular places and when you should plant them to best meet the needs of the plant. This book is not necessary for the ad [...]

    4. This is an excellent primer on botanical topics. While most of the information had been covered in many of my collegiate classes, I was impressed by the author's ability to synthesize breadth of detail with accessibility and ease of reading. The book also managed to cover a a lot ground, evident by the inclusion of topics that came up in an array of classes I had taken - from biology to entomology, and plant identification to soil science. Overall, this is a great book for anyone interested in t [...]

    5. This book really changed my approach to gardening. There are a million 'tips' online for different plants and often the advice is contradictory. This helped me get to the basics of how plants work and what they need from me. I realized that I was going about gardening backwards, trying to treat the problems as they arose. Now I'm taking a more proactive approach, working on keeping the plants healthy.

    6. I was reading this book for an hour at a time sitting in the front garden, luxuriating in the subtropical winter sunshine, so I could leap up and examine leaves and stems as needed or just contemplate the plants around me in a new light.Obviously, a book so dense with basic scientific information about the world of plants, most of which was new to me, needs to be re-read and used for reference purposes but it was also well-written and a good read.

    7. Contrary to its title, this book is actually really interesting. It is totally accessible, and it leaves me with facts about how plants grow that I find myself referring to when looking at a plant.Like, look at the shape of that leaf - it means this. Or, those buttress roots are designed to help that tree stay upright in the loose soil of this tropical rainforestESN'T THAT SOUND INTERESTING??

    8. Brian Capon presents Plant Science to the layman in an easy-to-read format with diagrams and microscopic photography that virtually everyone can follow to develop a basic understanding of plant cell biology and function. A brilliant introduction to Botany.

    9. Got this book out of the library a few years ago on whim, was blown away by the material - it's like college biology written for 3rd graders (well, maybe 6th graders, but still). Just bought the book to own a week ago - definitely a must have!!

    10. This is a great, easy to read, interesting intro to the world of botany. I had to read it for a class, but had actually already read (and enjoyed) it the previous summer!

    11. When I started reading Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon I was a little bit disappointed. I was hoping for more "for gardeners" and a lot less "botany" - an introduction to gardening on solid botanical grounds.But after the initial disappointment faded away the book turned out to be really pleasant. It is what it is - an introduction to botany for gardeners, yet the author is so clearly passionate you'll be glad for the ride.The book covers the anatomy, physiology, evolutionary adaptations and [...]

    12. The Book that Made Me Fascinated with PlantsI really liked this book. The author had some very interesting facts about plants that made me want to learn more. The author also presented the information quite simply, so it was easy to read and learn. It refreshed my biology knowledge from high school, but at the same time gave me some fascinating facts that were put into bigger context. I really enjoyed it and bow want to read the books recommended at the end of this book.

    13. I found this in my public library for getting familiar with growing my garden. I learned a good deal from this book.

    14. Fascinating book.I am sure it is even better for a more experienced gardener, because so many things would be more familiar. Regardless, plants are fascinating. There is so much that we don't understand about how they do what they do, and yet it doesn't prevent us from enjoying them.Writing about evolved traits often makes a point of emphasizing the chance involved, with some combinations working better. This is so awed and amazed that it is almost worshipful in its tone. That may throw some peo [...]

    15. I enjoyed Brian Capon’s Botany for Gardeners.The book was recommended reading for volunteers at the Hunting into Library and Garden. I found it a nice refresher as the last botany class I had taken had been in high school.The book covers such topics as plant growth, organization, reproduction and adaptation.Brian’s love and enthusiasm for his subject comes through in his writing. His illustrations, both diagrams and photographs, were clear and illuminated the subject matter nicely. The book [...]

    16. When I was 13 I used to pinch the leaves off coleus plants at Fred Meyers (it was Marketime back then) and then propagate new plants from the cuttings. Apparently I don't have a scientific mind; I never thought to wonder exactly HOW that works -- like, how come when you pinch the tip of a plant the side shoots grow and how come roots can grow from stems of some plants (and not others)?-- why is it that roots can grow from stems at all -- what are roots anyway and how is it possible for them to g [...]

    17. If you (like me) are a plant lover and enjoy the wonderful company and companionship they provide, with proper care from our side as well, then this book is a must. For the layman gardener as myself, this book opens your eyes to the wonderful factual world of botany. Capon makes it easy to understand while also introducing a vast amount of terminologies which, before I read this book, were completely foreign. He delves from the molecular level to the more common observational level with ease, an [...]

    18. Excellent, readable. Best feature is exceptionally clear drawings, diagrams, and photos to illustrate what is shown in text. It provides substantial science, and the technical terms are well-defined, with limited reference to gardens. It discusses how plants grow, what are the growth patterns of a stem or tree, and the rationale behind certain garden techniques. Now I can see how nurseries or floriculturists can produce large, beautiful plants at any season. And I know what’s going on when my [...]

    19. I learned a lot from this book, although by the end, I realized I didn't really care for the order in which the information was presented. I appreciated that the author broke down the Latin and Greek origins of the terminology. There were many beautiful photos. I did feel the author was not critical enough regarding concerns around genetic engineering and I even found (on page 160) a casual and positive reference to an herbicide (2, 4-D) that is linked to causing cancer. Overall, I would recomme [...]

    20. I had to read this book for a class. It is a well written and an engaging read if you want to learn more about the morphology and physiology of the plantworld. The book is written so that the layman could easily understand the topics plus there is a glossary in the back in case you forgot a botanical definition while reading. The book is filled with good illustrations and photos that highlight the chapter topics. A great book for gardeners and nature lovers that want to take their interest a ste [...]

    21. This book was a good cursory introduction to botany. The book is pretty dense for its size and does not go into too much detail, but that was the point. I found it helpful and interesting, though some parts when over my head and others were a bit difficult to follow. I suspect the latter problem is attributable to shortcomings on the part of the reader and not of the author.If you know nothing about botany and would like know slightly more than nothing, I recommend this book.

    22. Very useful as a foundation guide for learning gardening. If learning gardening was like learning to play music, this would be the boring theory book that makes one a better player when the guitar is actually picked up.It's a little heavy on the technical terminology and when I read it I felt like I was in first year botany at a university. Then again, it was a book that was easy to understand if the reader takes time with it.

    23. This was the perfect introduction to botany. We have been doing gardens for a couple years now, and I always wondered why different things happen: what makes seeds sprout when they do? Why do shoots grow up and roots grow down? What makes leaves turn toward the sun? What do the ratings on fertilizer mean? Highly recommended.

    24. I chose this book because it seemed a straightforward, simple reference book for someone uninitiated in the subject who is interested in botany. The book was very coherent, and the illustrations and photos definitely helped me to understand the different concepts, anatomy, and processes involved in the lives of plants.

    25. This is a great book to learn about how plants function. It is quite accessable and also has a glossary if you don't know some the terms. I originally used it as a text book for a plant physiology class, but it is a good read for others as well. It is not a gardening book, but a book about the plants themselves.

    26. It was good, covered a lot of ground, but from my point of view a little basic. I think I am looking for a book that will replace long years of experience and observation, and that is just not gonna happen.

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