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Burpee complete gardener : a comprehensive, up-to-date, fully illustrated reference for gardeners at all levels
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Author Biography

Maureen Heffernan is the Director of Public Programs at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Formerly, she was the Education Director at the American Horticultural Society. Holly H. Shimizu is the Supervisory Horticulturist and Assistant Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. She has a range of experience working for arboretums throughout Europe and was formerly Curator of the Herb Garden for the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. Chela R. Kleiber is the Acting Director of the Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania. Formerly, she was a Horticulturist for W. Atlee Burpee & Co. Dr. Allan Armitage has written hundreds of articles for magazines including Horticulture and Fine Gardening. He is the author of six books, most recently Ornamental Bedding Plant Production and Allan Armitage on Perennials, part of the Burpee Expert Gardener Series. He lives in Athens, Georgia. - (WILEY)

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Burpee® Complete Gardener "As with art, making a beautiful garden can be a transcendent experience?one that restores and renews your heart, mind, and soul." ?From the introduction by Maureen Heffernan Burpee Complete Gardener features:

  • Detailed descriptions that cover more than 420 annuals, perennials, bulbs, roses, vegetables, herbs, ground covers, and vines
  • A guide to planning a garden that will thrive with a minimum of care
  • Complete information on preparing great garden soil; starting plants from seeds; planting nursery stock, including potted perennials and bare-root plants; fertilizing; watering; staking; controlling pests and diseases
  • An in-depth guide to the best garden tools
  • A guide to the best disease-resistant, easy-care roses you can buy
  • Answers to the questions Burpee gardeners ask most?covering everything from garden design to soil preparation and pest control
  • A wealth of full-color photography, vintage Burpee illustrations, and black-and-white line drawings

Burpee® Complete Gardener Whether starting your garden from scratch, redesigning a lackluster border, or planting a kitchen garden, Burpee Complete Gardener can answer your every question. Packed with solid information from start to finish, Burpee Complete Gardener leaves no stone unturned, covering garden basics such as pruning, propagation, staking, division, and harvesting in comprehensive fashion. Garden planning advice?including suggestions for a low-maintenance garden, a potted garden, an herb garden, and a garden grown from seed?is tailored to fit the specific needs and constraints of your lifestyle. Fulfilling every gardener's need for a reliable, in-depth resource, the book features fully illustrated plant portrait chapters covering the most popular plant choices from past and present. With more than 420 descriptions of annuals, biennials, perennials, bulbs, roses, vegetables, herbs, ground covers, vines, and wildflowers, even the seasoned gardener can find new and interesting options. Each plant entry describes cultivated varieties that have special appeal for American gardeners. It also includes how-to-grow information, germination instructions for plants that can be grown from seed, and tips on season-by-season care, as well as suggestions of how best to use each plant in the garden. In addition to the wealth of plant selections, Burpee Complete Gardener is loaded with helpful pointers such as a guide to must-have gardening tools, a list of disease-resistant roses, and an in-depth Q & A, answering the questions gardeners ask most. Hundreds of color photographs, how-to and descriptive line drawings, and some of the finest illustrations from Burpee catalogs dating back to the turn of the century make this volume an indispensable visual resource, as well as a timeless source of inspiration for making beautiful and productive gardens. - (WILEY)

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