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Taylor's Encyclopedia of Garden Plants: The Most Authoritative Guide to the Best Flowers, Trees, and Shrubs for North American Gardens [Hardcover]

Frances Tenenbaum
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Book Description

Oct. 7 2003 Taylor's Guides
At the heart of every garden are the plants, which enhance our land and engage our souls. For gardeners, no matter how new or how advanced, whether we cultivate for ourselves or for landscaping clients, plants are the sine qua non. They intrigue us and inspire us. And the more we learn about them, the more they add to our pleasure in gardening.
For all of these reasons, every gardener needs a good plant encyclopedia. And, as the only plant encyclopedia written exclusively for North American gardeners, Taylor’s Encyclopedia of Garden Plants will be as useful twenty years from now as it is today. If a plant can’t be grown on this continent, you won’t find it here.
Readers will use this book in a number of ways: as a resource for identifying plants, as a guide to purchasing the best species and cultivars for particular gardening locations and growing conditions, and as an important way to save the cost and disappointment of buying plants that won’t thrive or will overwhelm a garden. Choosing just the right tree or shrub can add the crowning touch to your landscape plan.
Here you’ll find expert information about more than a thousand species of trees, shrubs, roses, bulbs, perennials, annuals, and ground covers. Illustrated with 1,200 color photos and hundreds of line drawings, the encyclopedia includes instructions on how to grow the plants and even on how to propagate many of them. An extensive glossary and a common name index make this book accessible to beginners as well as longtime gardeners.
Like gardening itself, Taylor’s Encyclopedia of Garden Plants will bring its readers immediate pleasure as well as long-term rewards.

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From Publishers Weekly

This beautifully illustrated encyclopedia offers North American gardeners a definitive resource for all their questions, from flowers to trees to shrubs. Long-time Houghton Mifflin editor Tenenbaum (who has edited the Taylor series for more than 30 years) arranges her book alphabetically according to genus, then breaks plants down by species (an index of common names helps readers follow the Latin terms). Under Ficus, for example, is a pronunciation key ("FYE-kus"), the common family name (Mulberry), then a description ("It exhibits potentially unlimited growth in warm gardens"; "as a vine, it clings tenaciously by secreting a tiny amount of latex"); and finally, suggestions for growing ("It will perform best in moist well-drained loamy soil"). At the end of the book, Tenenbaum features succinct, clearly illustrated directions for propagating plants, whether growing them from seed or by dividing or taking cuttings. 1,200 color photos.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Positioned as the only plant encyclopedia intended solely for the American gardener, Taylor's directory encompasses more than one thousand trees, shrubs, vines, and perennials suitable for a garden located anywhere in North America. An ambitious compilation, it bears the Taylor trademark of reliable information imparted in an entertaining but usable manner, and highlighted by superlative production values that include an easy-to-navigate layout, crisp photography, and detailed illustrations. The alphabetical directory of plants is organized by genus and supported by a common-name index for quick cross-referencing. Each entry offers a brief yet thorough description of plant habit and culture, with valuable tips on planting, climate, size, bloom, noteworthy cultivars, and comparable species. An entire chapter is devoted to plant propagation, and precise illustrations accompany the text detailing proper techniques for sowing seed, taking cuttings, and dividing plants. Taylor's comprehensive guide to North American plant material is designed to be used as a single-source reference and destined to become a time-honored resource for novice and experienced gardener alike. Carol Haggas
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plants,WOW!!!! Nov. 27 2003
By A Customer
This encyclopedia of plants tells you about any plant you ever heard of. If you read this whole book you will know everything and I mean everything about every kind of plant. Every plant will be in your head like white on rice. This is the book you want to read for any kind of plant project. I prefer this book to ANYONE.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT June 30 2004
By A Customer
I use this book to look up plants, all the time. It tells you about anything you want to know about flowers, trees, shrubs, etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative July 12 2008
By Carex Elata - Published on Amazon.com
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This encyclopedia has a broad scope on many of the plants used in the garden landscape. You will find information about how the plants are arranged, and how/ why the chosen plants came to be included in this book.
The plants are outlined alphabetically by botanic nomenclature. In the back of the book it also has a common name index which is immediately followed by the botanic equivalent.
Each entry starts with the botanic name, with a phonetic spelling and genus family. Followed by a general description and how to grow the species. Under each entry will be the individual cultivars with a description and zone tolerances.
This encyclopedia also has general info about propagation, a glossary and a hardiness zone map.
No single encyclopedia will have that one single plant you are looking for.
For any gardener, this book should be included in your library.
I have a landscape design and build company, and have several encyclopedias in my collection. This is one I reference, from time to time for its accuracy and authority.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book -- but not a quick reference April 6 2005
By MAG - Published on Amazon.com
You must read well into the description of a plant to find out if it's shade or sun lover. It's not something you can quickly discern.

Also missing is the distance needed between plants which is so helpful when developing a bed and purchasing more than one of each kind.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most informative book March 23 2008
By Charles Hook - Published on Amazon.com
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We got much more than we expected. I expected a small "manual" type book. Instead, we got a beautifully bound and illustrated folio. The information is clear, and the pictures are beautiful. We have looked up numerous plants from our yard and have checked out the suitability of others for our unique condition. I would recommend this book highly.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book July 10 2008
By Nature Girl - Published on Amazon.com
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Huge book with just about every plant you could think of - if you can't grow a particular plant in your area, they give you alternatives that are similar which I think is very helpful as I live in Southern California and need plants that are water-wise and heat tolerant.

This is a great resource for a veteran gardener or beginning level.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taylor's Encyclopedia of Garden Plants: The Most Authoritative Guide to the Best Flowers, Trees, and Shrubs ... Jan. 3 2007
By Diane - Published on Amazon.com
Excellent! No gardener should be without it. I have yet to have a plant not listed in this book. It is a large book, but worth it. Beautiful photos. Money well spent!
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