The only reason I didn''t give 1 star is due to the craftsmanship of the physical book, which is quite nice. It''s a shame they couldn''t have someone else draft better content for such a nice book. Let me explain why I don''t recommend this product. First, it claims...
The only reason I didn''t give 1 star is due to the craftsmanship of the physical book, which is quite nice. It''s a shame they couldn''t have someone else draft better content for such a nice book.
Let me explain why I don''t recommend this product. First, it claims to be a guidebook. If it is supposed to be a guidebook, it should be organized like a guidebook. Instead, the first section is a mixture of garden ideas, inspiration, and the like. The next section, which constitutes the bulk of the book, is an encyclopedia of plants. However, if it''s supposed to be an encyclopedia, it should be organized like an encyclopedia. Instead of organizing plants by physical characteristics, such as flowering plants, shrubs, vines, etc., its sections are things like "deer-resistant plants," "best plants for patios," and "best plants for shade." Not only that, but the pictures of the plants are taken extremely zoomed-in with a Macro lens so you can''t even see what the actual plant looks like. You have no idea if the plant will be two feet tall or ten feet tall by the close up photos. There are many qualitative / subjective descriptions of the plants rather than objective attributes, which not only comes across as very unprofessional but not useful - again, it''s supposed to be a guidebook. I want facts. If I want poetry about flowers I''ll consult my 6 year old niece.
The next section, which is quite short, is the most useful section, and contains tips on planting, seeds, and the like. I found this section helpful but it was very short, perhaps 10-15 pages.
Overall the book is organized like a magazine rather than a professional guidebook. I was quite disappointed by the lack of professionalism in the content of the book and made the decision to return it after flipping through the book for about 15 minutes.
I was told that this is the bible of gardening in the West. I''m shocked that someone hasn''t come along and come out with a better guidebook. For the price of $90 I expect a professional guidebook, not a disorganized magazine. There is definitely an opportunity for someone with a business sense to take over the marketshare this book has with a better guidebook.
The way it should have been organized:
Section 1: Plants - their biology, parts, life cycle, hardiness, and reproduction mechanisms
Section 2: Organizational structure of the plant kingdom
Section 3: Ecology of plants and their interaction with animals, insects, and humans
Section 4: Uses of plants - crops, medicines, herbs, decorative, etc.
Section 5: Planting, transplanting, propagation, cultivation, care, and plant maintenance
Section 6: Encyclopedia of plants by functional group
Section 7: Misc. (add in the author''s ideas here)