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. The book is very concise and the author is very precise with every word. A very well written text!
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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. The book is very concise and the author is very precise with every word.
A very well written text! This book is very appropriate for college class, but may be too technical for the average gardener. Check it out at the local library before you buy. It is very readable with lots of useful photos and diagrams. It makes a difficult subject easy to understand.
Highly recommended. An excellent introduction to Botany By Robert F. Sullivan on Apr 23, Dr. I found it clear to read and comprehend and I despise hard to read books.
Content is presented in a vocabulary that is clear, economic, and easy to comprehend. The pictures and diagrams appear to be modern, and clear to contemplate. I found the material so digestible that I finished the book quickly. It really is a page turner for the plant-geek curious; I still go back to it often. A great pick for our Advanced Master Gardening class By Lavonne Rhyneer on Nov 06, So many things make this little book a treasure: it has beautifully drawn and clearly annotated sketches as well as electron microscope photos.
It is organized and labeled in large sections within which are individually titled chapters. It has current material chemistry of processes, impact of global warming. Plant related terms abound but for most the Latin root has been given along with that meaning, a great aid to remembering unfamiliar words. This professional botanist has been able to present the material with clarity and simplicity, making using the book a pleasure. Also it has high quality paper; always a plus for books that will be used again and again.
I just had mine spiral bound so it will lie flat. Clear and concise By Mark S. Cary on Nov 04, I was having trouble ploughing through a botany textbook, getting lost in the myriads of details. Brian Capon takes a different tack-- the key facts explained clearly with diagrams. And, such interesting facts-- a 50 foot silver maple transpires nearly 60 gallons per hour!
He taught botany for 30 years, and it shows in his clear and concise book. Botany Gardeners and anyone else who wants to know the basics plus By Ematarese on Apr 09, I teach from this text Very thorough and well written.
Simply put, the information provided in this book is in-depth enough to give you a fundamental understanding of how plants work on the cellular level. For gardeners this is extremely useful. You can then take that fundamental knowledge and apply it. For example, the same chemical messenger thats responsible for the growth response just mentioned also regulates root growth. In fact, the root growth hormones you feed cutting is an artificial replica of the growth hormone auxin that is responsible for shoot growth.
You can then get even more in-depth as you investigate how auxin navigates its way through the plant by means of xylem and phloem just phloem for this particular molecule. The point is that this book is not only practically useful, but, for me, exciting because you learn the highly complex biological processes that are going on under the surface so to speak for every seemingly stoic plant outside your window.
Side note: the book also has a large number of very high quality pictures that make understanding and remembering the info quite easy. I highly recommend this book to any gardener Just what I needed By Ken Osis on Apr 26, I was looking for a book that was not unnecessarily technical, and that would give me a better understanding of whats going on in my garden.
This book does just that by explaining, in scientific detail, whats really going on in my plants, and it does it in a way that is not boring. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a greater understanding of plants to help them in their gardening.
Thorough dive into botany By Minibarry on Jun 10, This book is filled with fascinating information as someone that came to the topic with a limited knowledge of the topic. By the end of the book one certainly feels comfortable with the terminology and processes involved in basic botany.
This is not a book based on humor, candor or plot, so it is best saved for the truly interested when in inquisitive a mood. He recommended this book highly. I thank him immensely. Actually Good! I bought this ebook for my Kindle to read while I am away from school for a semester to just keep material fresh in my mind and it actually is rather enjoyable to read. Unlike a big textbook, this books gives you what you need to know and makes it easy to understand.
Grade: A- If you are a gardener, then book is a "must" read. By George on Apr 03, This book was recommended in the lecture notes from a botany class at the U. National Arboretum and it lives up to the recommendation and then some. The most impressive characteristic of the book is it makes botany truly interesting and compelling.
The author accomplishes this no small feat by presenting the information clearly and in a very readable style. The writing is not dense and easy to understand with no training in botany. Strongly recommend the book to anyone with an interest in plants. It gives the reader a much broader understanding of the wonder and complexity of plants. One might ask the question, "Why should I be interested in plants? This book reveals some of the fascinating diversity of plants.
Accurate, Understandable, Wonderous By S. The author has a good sense of the practical questions gardeners face as well as a deep understanding of botany and is able to communicate concepts without being too arcane or too popular dumbed-down. He uses good examples that illustrate the concepts vividly, so the reader finds it easy to understand.
However, the thing in my opinion that sets this book apart is the obvious delight Capon takes in botanical processes; to him, every aspect is a tiny miracle, and his sense of wonder at how it all works together is both sincere and contagious. I highly recommend this little tome for anyone, botanist or not, who wants to enter into the understanding without losing the mystery. Love it! Great, even for hands-on learners. By Msdbone on Jan 11, Whoah!
This book proved I still have much to learn. Especially knowing we are to be thoroughly tested on similar looking plants whereby the "twin" is actually poisonous, like Hemlock. Thank you Brian. I personally love to be able to go to different areas and States and identify plants and trees.
A Good Starter Book By W Moore on Dec 12, What I like about this book is that, as a beginner in botany myself, it opened my eyes to better take care of plants in the garden. But after reading this book, I can now make inference on how to pollinate a flower myself, plant a seed the right way and how to cut into a tree without giving it too much trouble to heal.
This book is not only for horticulture beginners but also for biology majors who are interested in plants. The book was recommended reading for volunteers at the Hunting into Library and Garden. I found it a nice refresher as the last botany class I had taken had been in high school. The book covers such topics as plant growth, organization, reproduction and adaptation. His illustrations, both diagrams and photographs, were clear and illuminated the subject matter nicely.
The book touches on the chemistry that would underlie a more rigorous study, in such areas as photosynthesis and cellular biology, giving a taste that allows the reader to decide whether to pursue more in-depth study. After reading the book, I feel much more knowledgeable about the basic concepts of botany as they relate to the plants I see everywhere around me and I would recommend this book to anyone wanting an introduction or refresher for the basics of botany.
He gives the reader what seems like a complete introductory course, with information on plant hormones, reproductive strategies, and the like. I had to read through the material twice at two points long-day and short-day plants and the alternation of generations , but it was all ultimately understandable. IMHO, it will make great winter reading for any gardener! Excellent resource! By Memphisrose on Jul 18, This reference is so easy to understand! I participated in a Master Gardener class a few years back.
The information related to botany that was provided by that program was very good, and a wonderful book was available for reference purposes. But I realllllllllly wish this book had been recommended for the botany information! The illustrations are fantastic better in my hard copy than the Kindle, understandably , but the description of the botany of plant systems really "clicked" for me when I read this book.
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in knowing how plants function - the first step in understanding how to care for them and keep them healthy!! I liked the Kindle version so much, I purchased the hard copy so that I had better access to the most excellent illustrations!
Read this if you want to understand your plants By Habanero on Jun 24, Read it cover to cover and learned a lot. It is technical and in depth. Purchased for Botany as a supplemental text. I have found it to be incredibly useful and quite accurate. I will continue to use this text as a part of my personal library when the course is over. This particular edition is in a Paperback format.
Botany for Gardeners : Third Edition by Brian Capon (2010, Paperback, Revised)
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.
Botany for Gardeners
In Botany For Gardeners, A former professor of botany explains the life of plants as it relates to gardeners in simple, clear terms. The secret life of plants fascinates me. Brian Capon, former professor of botany at California State University, explains the life of plants simply enough in Botany For Gardeners that anyone with a middle school science education will understand it. The book is packed with excellent photographs and illustrations which help to illuminate the material and make it less intimidating for those who never took a botany class. Did you ever wonder: Why and how the leaves of a plant follow the arc of the sun? What those really fine hairs on certain plant stems are for? How the rings in the wood of a tree are formed?
Review: Botany For Gardeners by Brian Capon
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?