From Library Journal
This book is somewhat misleadingly titled, as the first 155 pages are narrative, covering many different short topics on container gardening. Sections include room locations for plants, botanical information, plant care and propagation, pests and diseases, and garden types such as miniature and desert. The glossary included in this section is misplaced for optimum use. The two-part encyclopedia section, which lists house plants alphabetically, covers the plant family name, native habitat, flowering time, care directions, propagation, pests and diseases, and uses and also provides a color photo. (The many excellent color photos are an attractive feature.) The first section of the encyclopedia includes better-known container plants, while the second section covers specialized plants, including orchids and cacti, that are difficult to grow in home situations because of their unique requirements. The authors are experts in gardening and plant care, and their text is a translation from a European publication. Recommended for the circulating collections of larger public libraries.?Dale Luchsinger, Milwaukee Area Technical Coll. Lib, Wis.
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The Houseplant Encyclopedia should satisfy any indoor gardener. (Mary Fran McQuade Vaughan Today
Useful and thorough... my favorite part of the book recommended plants to complement particular furnishing styles. (Jarrett Smith Minneapolis Star Tribune
The [houseplant book] I use the most. (Robert Stiffler Lancaster New Era
This reference book has something for everyone -- from the casual windowsill gardener to the expert.
Inspiration and advice on how to adorn a home with foliage... The encyclopedia's 1,000 illustrated entries provide a profusion of choices, complete with important geographical information on plant species. (Jane Gadd Globe and Mail
Use this manual to choose wisely; it also helps with trouble-shooting and care advice. Whether you want to coax a Christmas cactus to bloom, winter pelargoniums inside or just keep your jade plant healthy, this book should be on your reference shelf. (Valerie Easton Seattle Times
A reference of 1,000 illustrated entries. Information on each plant includes optimal heat, light and humidity... a comprehensive book. (David Hobson Kitchener-Waterloo Record
Handsomely illustrated... comprehensive reference... The section on general houseplant care is particularly enlightening, full of valuable tips for the indoor gardener.
Easy to navigate and obviously well thought out... excellent photographs take the guesswork out. (Patty Jessome Edmonton Sun
If you like houseplants, it is an absolute given that you are going to love and cherish this engaging new book by two experts in the field... sane and practical advice. (Larry Cox King Features Syndicate
This step-by-step guide to more than 1,000 houseplants is intended to make the task easier... goes beyond basic upkeep.
This wonderfully detailed book will provide enough information and winter projects to keep even the most avid of gardeners busy, happy and surrounded in greenery. (Nicole Vaive Calgary Sun
Here is a book every indoor gardener should have handy. It is unexcelled in its thoroughness and expert advise, both written and illustrative, as well as in its exquisite photography and the range of topics it covers. (Ken Smith London Free Press
If you or someone you know really enjoys gardening indoors, you must have this book. (Mary Cameron Frey Chicago Sun-Times
Should be one of the first books you buy if you're serious about collecting houseplants. Every once in a while a books come along that you just have to buy no matter what the cost. The Houseplant Encyclopedia is that book. Clean, simple text lays out the basics ... Supplemental charts and diagrams make the information easy to absorb. Well organized and particularly strong with technique. STARRED REVIEW: Beautiful color photos complement exhaustive plant care advice including tips and boxed sidebars. This highly regarded encyclopedia contains all the expert advice the indoor gardener needs, from purchase and placement to controlling pests and diseases. Any indoor gardener can achieve success, even with exotic plants and rare varieties, by using this book.... The Houseplant Encyclopedia has something for everyone -- from the casual windowsill gardener to the expert horticulturist alike...a very good houseplant resource to have.