Burpee Complete Gardener: A Comprehensive, Up-To-Date, Fully Illustrated Reference for Gardeners at All Levels

Maureen Heffernan, Author, Allan Armitage, Author, Chela Kleiber, Author John Wiley & Sons $29.95 (422p) ISBN 978-0-02-860378-0
A much-respected name in gardening, Burpee offers this phone book-sized tome for the one-stop reference shelf. Competitively priced (at half the cost of most other encyclopedic overviews), the book is especially appropriate for beginners. Readers are guided with 450 photos and illustrations (not seen by PW) and a user-friendly format that forges confidently through the ins and outs of such basics as plant hardiness zones and soil preparation to garden design and pest control. Nearly two-thirds of the book is devoted to ""plant portraits,"" brief but thorough profiles of hundreds of plants, in such groupings as ``Perennials,'' ``Bulbs'' and ``Herbs,'' that include information on characteristics and culture as well as such often overlooked finer points as staking and the best time to divide. Although experienced gardeners won't find new ground turned here, the lively presentation and accessible, authoritative air (including a section, ``Gardener's Most-Asked Questions'') should endear this reference to those newly acquainted with trowel and hoe. Literary Guild, Doubleday and Rodale book club selections. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/27/1995
Release date: 11/01/1995
Genre: Nonfiction
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