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Science and the Garden: The Scientific Basis of Horticultural Practice, 2nd Edition

David S. Ingram (Editor), Daphne Vince-Prue (Editor), Peter J. Gregory (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-6035-6
368 pages
August 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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"A thorough update and the introduction of new topics such as biodiversity and conservation has greatly enhanced this new edition: it is a 'must read' for all interested in horticulture and gardening."
John MacLeod, RHS Professor of Horticulture

Most conventional gardening books concentrate on how and when to carry out horticultural tasks such as pruning, seed sowing and taking cuttings. This book is unique in explaining in straightforward terms some of the science that underlies these practices. It is principally a book of 'Why' – Why are plants green? Why should one cut beneath a leaf node when taking cuttings? Why do plants need so much water? But it also goes on to deal with the 'How', providing rationale behind the practical advice.

The coverage is wide-ranging and comprehensive and includes the basic structure and functioning of garden plants, nomenclature, genetics and plant breeding, soil management, environmental factors affecting growth, methods of propagation and production, pest and disease control, post harvest management and storage, and conservation and sustainable horticulture.

Now with full colour throughout, the second edition provides the reader with:

  • Completely revised and updated chapters from the first edition, with new information and clearer focus on the topics
  • Four new chapters, dealing with matters that have become of increasing concern since the first edition, namely: Diversity in the Plant World; Conservation and Sustainable Gardening; Gardens and the Natural World; and Gardens for Science

Published on behalf of the Royal Horticultural Society, this book remains a key text for those sitting RHS examinations, particularly at levels 2 and 3; it will also appeal to gardeners, growers and scientists.

Key Features

  • Bestselling essential text for all horticulture students
  • Edited and written by a group of highly regarded scientists
  • Covers the scientific information of greatest importance to gardeners and horticulturists
  • Jargon-free scientific explanations, a comprehensive glossary, and copious colour illustrations

Royalties from the sale of this book go towards the charitable work of the RHS, promoting horticulture and helping gardeners. www.rhs.org.uk

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Table of Contents

1. Diversity in the Plant World.

2. Know your Plant: Structure and Function.

3. Reproduction: Securing the future.

4. Naming Plants.

5. Selecting and Breeding Plants.

6. Soils and Roots.

7. Soil Cultivation and Fertility.

8. The Plant’s Environment: Light and Water.

9. Raising Plants from Seed.

10. Propagating Plants Vegetatively.

11. Shape and Size.

12. Colour, Scent and Sound in the Garden.

13. Climate, Weather and Seasonal Effects.

14. Gardening in the Greenhouse.

15. The Diversity of Undesirables.

16. Controlling the undesirables.

17. Maturation, Ripening and Storage.

18. Conservation and Sustainable Gardening.

19. Gardens and the Natural World.

20. Gardens for Science

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Author Information

About the Editors
Professor David Ingram
, Formerly Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, RHS Professor of Horticulture and Master of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, UK

Dr Daphne Vince-Prue, Formerly Reader in Botany, University of Reading, Scientific Advisor to the Agricultural Research Council and Head, Physiology and Chemistry Department, Glasshouse Crops Research Institute, UK

Professor Peter Gregory, Institute Director, SCRI (Scottish Crop Research Institute), Dundee, Scotland, UK

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The Wiley Advantage

Published on behalf of the prestigious RHS

  • Bestselling essential text for all horticulture students

  • New edition includes 4 new chapters

  • Now covers conservation, sustainable and wildlife gardening
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"A key book for those sitting their RHS examinations, but should also interest those gardeners interested in the science … I guarantee you will learn quite a few things you never knew." (The Professional Gardener, October 2008)

“This book has wide application due to its wide scope and lack of highly technical language. Color photos, diagrams, and text boxes are very helpful, as is an extensive glossary.” (Southeastern Naturalist, Volume 7, Issue 3)

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