Principles of Horticulture
Routledge – 2011 – 408 pages
This colourful guide will introduce you to the fundamentals of horticulture, whether you are taking an RHS course, are a keen amateur or seasoned gardener.
Written in a clear and accessible style, this book explains the principles that underlie the cultivation of flowers, fruits, vegetables, turf and ornamental planting in the outdoors and in protected culture. It has a wide breadth of coverage, from the subject’s more commercial aspects, through to matters of the garden and allotment, with the latest information on conservation, practical propagation techniques, and garden design. With highlighted definitions and key points, and illustrated in full colour, this book will be a useful companion as you progress in the study and practice of horticulture.
'A clearly presented book, which has good images and clear explanations. The level is sufficiently complicated to give a good understanding without being overwhelming. Ideal for self study and research tasks' David Elphinstone, Myerscough College
'The book is an excellent accompaniment to the RHS Level 2 exam' Carlene Crowe, KLC School of Design
'Really like the latest edition particularly the colour illustrations and photographs. A very comprehensive text for level 3 & 4 and good further reading for level 2 courses. Good clear layout. Easy to read with great illustrations and images' Caroline Wright, Nottingham Trent University
'An excellent book which is well laid out with very accessible, up-to-date content. I have used previous editions of this book and have always found it extremely useful' Mike Roberts, Pershore College
'Written in a readable style with excellent diagrams and photographs. Each chapter ends with references for further reading. It is reasonably priced and very suitable for HNC Horticulture' Mark McQuilken, Scottish Agricultural College
'I think the book has improved significantly over the different editions. It is clear that this is a most useful publication and has much respect in the academic world' Ray Broughton, Sparsholt College
'The layout is excellent, not crowded, easy to read and beautifully illustrated with pictures and diagrams. Chapters are clear on specific topics which are logical with bold headings within them that are easy to follow. The Index is clear, uncomplicated and easy to use.' Glynis Maynard, Capel Manor College
Preface 1. Horticulture in Context 2. Climate and Microclimate 3. Classification and naming 4. Plant Cells and Tissues 5. External Characteristics of the Plant 6. Plant Reproduction 7. Plant Growth 8. Transport in the Plant 9. Pollination and Fertilization 10. Plant Development 11. Plant Propagation 12. Weeds and Other Wild Plants 13. Horticultural pests 14. Horticultural Diseases and Disorders 15. Plant Protection 16. Physical Properties of Soil 17. Soil Organic Matter 18. Soil Water 19. Soil PH 20. Plant Nutrition 21. Alternatives to Growing in Soil Index
Coming soon: resources for lecturers and students, including editable PowerPoint slides and extra useful information such as the origins of plant names and a guide to the locations of weeds.