A bestseller since its debut in , this indispensable and handy reference has now been expanded and updated to include an appendix on. Timber Press, – Gardening – pages Brian Capon received a Ph.D. in botany from the University of Chicago and was for thirty years professor of. Aimed at amateur and professional gardeners, this provides a practical working knowledge of the principles of plant life, including growth, organization.
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Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon. A bestseller since its debut inthis indispensable and handy reference has now been expanded and updated to include an appendix on ofr taxonomy and a comprehensive index. Two dozen new photos and illustrations make this new edition even richer with information. Its convenient paperback format makes it easy to carry and access, whether you are in or out of the garde A bestseller gardneers its debut inthis indispensable and handy reference has now been expanded and updated to include an appendix on plant taxonomy and a comprehensive index.
Its convenient paperback format makes it easy to carry and access, whether you are in or out of the garden. An essential overview of the science behind plants for beginning and advanced gardeners alike.
Paperbackpages. Published December 20th by Timber Press first published August 1st Botayn see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Botany for Gardenersplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Apr 23, Adam rated it it bptany amazing Shelves: Botany for Gardeners is an excellent intro to botany for anyone.
Luckily, gardeners in this context seems to simply refer to anyone who wants to learn about botany outside of a school course and from a book that isn’t a textbook unlike several other agroecology-focused books I’ve read recently that were more about gardening advice somewhat informed by science than about the science itself.
While gaedeners not as compelling as David Attenborough’s The Private Botahy of PlantsBotany for Gardeners had much more of the basic how-plants-work knowledge that I was seeking at the moment. Attenborough’s book focuses on the really incredible natural history of plants all around the world, rather than their basic biology.
If you’re really interested in plants, I’d suggest you read both, but start with this one. The only qualm I had with the book was that he kept talking about fungi as though they belonged bruan a book about botany. He did clarify that they are not plants, but then went gardenefs on saying things like “Plants like fungi this, other plants that.
After finishing the book, I skimmed my Intro Biology textbook’s chapter on plants. While Capon is a more compelling, tolerable writer, the textbook was substantially more informative. We read this book for my botany class. We ended up skipping around a lot, but eventually read the whole thing.
Botany for Gardeners
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. I had to read this book in about 3 weeks for an exam. It reads a little dense for material but it’s very thorough. I suggest familiarizing yourself with some plant anatomy before delving in as this text doesn’t address the basics.
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.
Dec 10, Sherry rated it it was amazing Shelves: I really liked this book, it’s very indepth about how plants grow and their needs. This book might be a bit advanced for the average gardner who justs wants to grow some annuals and the odd perrenial, and just wants an instruction book on where and when to plant them.
This book explains the actually works of the plant and gives you whys of where you should plant them in the particular places and when you should plant them to best meet the needs of the plant. This book is not necessary for the ad I really liked this book, it’s very indepth about how plants grow and their needs. This book is not necessary for the adverage gardner it is mainly for the geeky person who wants to look beyond just the pretty flowers or foliage.
This is an excellent primer on botanical topics. While most of the information had been covered in many of my collegiate classes, I was impressed by the author’s ability to synthesize breadth of detail with accessibility and ease of reading.
The book also managed to cover a a lot ground, evident by the inclusion of topics that came up in an array of classes I had taken – from biology to entomology, and plant identification to soil science. Overall, this is a great book for anyone interested in t This is an excellent primer on botanical topics. Overall, this is a great book for anyone interested in the science of plants.
Jun 06, Shmoo rated it it was amazing. This book really changed my approach to gardening.
There are a million ‘tips’ gardensrs for different plants and often the advice is contradictory. This helped me get to the basics of how plants work and what they need from me. I realized that I was going about gardening backwards, trying to treat the problems as they arose.
Now I’m taking a more proactive approach, working on keeping the plants healthy. Apr 18, Barbara rated it it was amazing. I was reading this book for an hour at a time sitting in the front garden, luxuriating in the subtropical winter sunshine, so I could leap up and examine leaves and stems as needed or just contemplate the plants around me in a new light.
Obviously, a book so dense with basic scientific information about the world of plants, most gardendrs which was new to me, needs to be re-read and used for reference purposes but it was also well-written and a good read.
Jan 24, Sarah rated it really liked it. Contrary to its title, this book is actually really interesting. It is gsrdeners accessible, and it leaves me with facts about how plants grow that I find myself referring to when looking at a plant. Like, look at the shape of that leaf – it means this. Or, those buttress roots are designed to help that tree stay upright in the loose soil of this tropical rainforest.
May 28, D. Brian Capon presents Plant Science to the layman in an easy-to-read format with diagrams and microscopic photography that virtually everyone can follow to develop a basic understanding of plant cell biology and function.
A brilliant introduction to Botany. Apr 16, Kimberly rated it it was amazing. Got this book out of the library a few years ago on whim, was blown away by the material – it’s like college biology written for 3rd graders well, maybe 6th graders, but still.
Just bought the book to own a bran ago – definitely a must have!! Oct 17, Meghan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This is a great, easy to read, interesting intro to the world of botany.
I had to read it for a class, but had actually already read and enjoyed it the previous summer! Sep 01, Linda rated it really liked it. Readable reference book that is a must-have if you want to know what’s really inside the green world.
Nov 18, bartosz rated it really liked it Shelves: I was hoping for more “for gardeners” and a lot less “botany” – an introduction to fot on solid botanical grounds. But after the initial disappointment faded away the book turned out to be really pleasant.
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It is what it is – an introduction to botany for gardeners, yet the author is so clearly passionate you’ll be glad for the ride. The book covers the anatomy, physiology, evolutionary adaptations and When I started reading Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon I was a little foe disappointed.
The book covers the anatomy, physiology, evolutionary adaptations and reproduction of plants. Every part of a plan is covered: The pictures and diagrams and occasional “did you know” tidbits add to the understanding.
The style is very simple yet surprisingly charming, scientific terminology is introduced at a need to know basis without any calon jargon.
It’s hard to judge a textbook when you don’t have sufficient domain knowledge but I think that Botany for Gardeners is a pretty straightforward botsny to botany. Although, it’s marketed for gardeners pretty much everybody can pick it up. All in all a very wholesome read. Dec 02, Rach Denholm rated it it was amazing. Botany has been a difficult subject for me as a botajy learner with poor school-based Science results. I have read this after studying a diploma of Arboriculture and found it an excellent biran.
The title could be slightly misleading, I think you’d have to be a fairly educated gardener to appreciate this book, due to the depth and breadth of information presented. All of the basics are explained, from plant structure, taxonomy, cells, flowers, Latin terminology, and lots more.
The description Botany has been a difficult subject for me as a mature learner with poor school-based Science results. The descriptions are written factually and illustrated using diagrams and photos which increase the accessibility of the information. I’ve found myself making copious notes and i now have a greater appreciation of the difference between a pedicel and a peduncle and have been inspired to create many artistic drawings and musings in my journal.
I definitely got a lot more from this text than I expected to; I even want to purchase a microscope now. Definitely worth the read if you’re interested in the world of plants and what makes them grow. Aug 02, Jenika rated it really liked it. Like a highly readable textbook, elegant in its thoroughness.