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Science and the Garden: The Scientific Basis of Horticultural Practice

Science and the Garden: The Scientific Basis of Horticultural Practice

David S. Ingram (Editor), Daphne Vince-Prue (Editor), Peter J. Gregory (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-99533-4

Apr 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

304 pages

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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, environmental factors affecting growth, methods of propagation and production, pest and disease control, and post harvest management and storage. Published on behalf of the Royal Horticultural Society, this book will be a most valuable text for those sitting the RHS general examination, and horticultural students at certificate and diploma levels; it will also appeal to gardeners, growers and scientists.


List of Contributors.

1. Know your Plant.

2. Naming your Plant.

3. Designing Plants.

4. Soils and Soil Fertility.

5. Choosing a Site.

6. Raising Plants from Seed.

7. Vegetative Propagation.

8. Shape and Colour.

9. Seasons and Weather.

10. Gardening in the Greenhouse.

11. Controlling the Undesirables.

12. Storage and Post-harvest.



"I know of no book that deals with this range of subjects. I am sure the book is needed and that it will be welcomed by the horticultural community."

"Professor Gregory and the other scientists involved are all first rate. A major point in favour of the project is the high level of competence that is available for quite a diverse range of subject matter."

"Wide ranging and comprehensive topics with jargon-free scientific explanations... an excellent book for an introductory planbt science or horticultural science course. One reason is that the authors do a very good job of explaining in straightforward terms the "why" or the science that underlies the horticultural or gardening practices.... edited and well written by a group of highly regarded scientists" Journal of Environmental Quality.

'This book is unique in that it comprehensively covers subjects that are normally dealt with in separate publications.... it would be a valuable addition t othe librarties of students of horticulture and other interested individuals.' Andrea Tietmeyer, Chicago Botanic Garden.

* 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 illustrations many of which are in colour