As a gardener you consider the plants shape, colour, needs development and reproduction; yet little thought is given to the science under pinning these characteristics. All too often the science bit it shied away from as being too difficult or not relevant; more likely than not because we were put of the subject at school. The thing is gardening is to a large part applied botany and to deny it is not only short sighted but also making life harder. The problem is at first botany can be off putting in its apparent complexity and little is available in the way of bridging this gap. Brian Capon has set out to do just that with this book. A professional botanist by training and a gardener by inclination, he has set out to provide a means of introducing gardeners to the how and why of plants.
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Gardening: Plants Flap copy "Botany for Gardeners offers a clear explanation of how plants grow. What happens inside a seed after it is planted?
How are plants structured? How do plants adapt to their environment? How is water transported from soil to leaves? Why are minerals, air, and light important for healthy plant growth? How do plants reproduce? Two dozen new photos and illustrations make this new edition even more attractive than its predecessor. How do plants reproduce and grow? What roles do minerals, air, and light play in the life of a play? Still the most complete, compact, accessible introduction to the world of botany, this third edition includes dazzling electron microscope photos and even more amazing facts about plants.
From plant anatomy to basic genetics, this marvelous book explains the science of plants in plain language anyone can understand. Review quote "Packed full of features that makes plants so fascinating. Armed with this information, you can be a better gardener. For thirty years he was Professor of Botany at California State University, Los Angeles, where he taught courses ranging from undergraduate general botany to advanced subjects for graduate students.
He retired in as Professor Emeritus. His other book, Plant Survival: Adapting to a Hostile World, was published by Timber Press in , and he occasionally writes on various topics. He is an accomplished landscape and still life painter, enjoys photography, and has traveled extensively throughout the world. Gardening, cooking, and attending plays and opera are among his many pleasures.
Botany for Gardeners : Third Edition by Brian Capon (2010, Paperback, Revised)
Gardening: Plants Flap copy "Botany for Gardeners offers a clear explanation of how plants grow. What happens inside a seed after it is planted? How are plants structured? How do plants adapt to their environment? How is water transported from soil to leaves?
Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
Shelves: own , garden We read this book for my botany class. We ended up skipping around a lot, but eventually read the whole thing. The book is informative with lots of vibrant pictures and diagrams, which makes understanding these somewhat overwhelming and technical terms easier. The book covers cells and seeds, roots and shoots, stems, leaves, adaptation, growth and development, and reproduction. There is a lot of info to absorb, but, overall, I enjoyed reading it. May 30, Twofrontteethstillcrooked rated it really liked it I read this because I thought I was going to be taking a botany-ish class; the class ended up not happening but this was a good book.
Review: Botany For Gardeners by Brian Capon
How are plants structured? How do plants reproduce? The answers to these and other questions about complex plant processes can be found in the bestselling Botany for Gardeners. Now in its third edition, Botany for Gardeners has now been expanded and updated, and includes an appendix on plant taxonomy, a comprehensive index, and dozens of new photos and illustrations.
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