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American Horticulture Society's A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants icon by Christopher Brickell, Henry Marc Cathey
 
Comments: More than 100 experts contributed to this huge encyclopedia. Over 1,000 pages of information on plants.
 
The most comprehensive, detailed, and lavishly illustrated guide to garden plants ever published with more than 15,000 individual entries. First published in 1997, it has now been completely revised to include nearly 250 new plants and photos. The AHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants is an essential reference for all gardeners, from novices to experts.
 
Author biographies: Dr. H. Marc Cathey is a renowned research horticulturist and President Emeritus of the AHS and Christopher Brickell has contributed to many DK gardening reference works. 
The mission of the AHS is to open the eyes of all Americans to the vital connection between people and plants, and to inspire people to become responsible caretakers of the Earth.

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Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: The Indispensable Green Resource for Every Gardener icon by Fern Marshall Bradley, Ellen Phillips, Barbara Ellis

Comments: This excellent reference work for the organic gardener has been through many editions and covers a wide range of topics. Recommended.

Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening has been the go-to resource for gardeners for more than 50 years—and the best tool novices can buy to start applying organic methods to their fruit and vegetable crops, herbs, trees and shrubs, perennials, annuals, and lawns. This thoroughly revised and updated version highlights new organic pest controls, new fertilizer products, improved gardening techniques, the latest organic soil practices, and new trends in garden design.

In this indispensable work readers will find: - comprehensive coverage for the entire garden and landscape along with related entries such as Community Gardening, Edible Landscaping, Horticultural Therapy, Stonescaping, and more - the most in-depth information from the trusted Rodale Organic Gardening brand - a completely new section on earth-friendly techniques for gardening in a changing climate, covering wise water management, creating backyard habitats, managing invasive plants and insects, reducing energy use and recycling, and understanding biotechnology - entries all written by American gardeners for American gardeners, with answers for all the challenges presented by various conditions, from the humid Deep South and the mild maritime coasts to the cold far North and the dry Southwest Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening has everything anyone needs to create gorgeous, non-toxic gardens in any part of the country.

 

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Perennials for American Gardens icon (OP) by Ruth Rogers Clausen and Nicolas H. Ekstrom
 
Comments: First published in 1989, this is still one of the best reference books on perennials.
 
An encyclopedic book, Perennials for American Gardens is designed for the wide range of American climatic and cultural conditions. It includes 400 classes and 3000 species of cultivated varieties and hybrids. Features 360 full-color photos. Originally published in 1989, this is already a backlist bestseller specifically designed for the wide range of American climatic and cultural conditions. 

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Comments: Especially good because it gives examples of how a particular woody plant can be used in a landscape. Features beautiful color photos.
 
This bestselling encyclopedia, illustrated with brilliant photographs, describes the best woody plants adapted to cooler climates, showing both habit and details of more than 500 species, and including some 700 additional cultivars and varieties. Brief cultural information is supplied for each plant, as well as Dirr's perceptive comments and opinions. "Michael Dirr is the acknowledged authority on American trees and shrubs. His book ... is a valuable reference." Garden Design, September 2003     

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Comments: Over 1,100 pages of detailed information on woody plants by a top expert.
  
Serving as an ideal companion to Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs, this classic manual offers thorough information on the woody trees and shrubs used in landscaping. Aside from each plant's physical description, there's also an elaboration of hardiness, growth rate, culture, diseases and insects, landscape value, cultivars, and propagation. (Copyright 1999, Cahners Business Information.)