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Gardeners are inherently curious. They make note of a plant label in a botanical garden and then go home to learn more. They pick up fallen blossoms to examine them closer. They spend hours reading plant catalogues. But they are often unable to accurately name or describe their discoveries. A Botanist's Vocabulary gives gardeners and naturalists a better understanding of what they see and a way to categorize and organize the natural world in which they are so intimately involved. Through concise definitions and detailed black and white illustrations, it defines 1300 words commonly used by botanists, naturalists, and gardeners to describe plants. The terms include simple concepts like petal and sepal, some that apply only to a particular group of plants or to entire ecosystems, and others that are only visible under a microscope. The simple and accessible language and highly detailed black and white illustrations make this the perfect guide for anyone looking for a deeper appreciation of the wonderful world of plants.
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An up to date, concise, and accurate glossary of botanical terms frequently used by gardeners and nature enthusiasts.

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Students, gardeners, and even professional botanists will find much to like in this expanded glossary, with its concise definitions and elegant drawings Botany reference collections will find this a welcome addition for users of all levels. "Booklist" Bobbi Angell s incisive illustrations not only show the botanical structures clearly, but the plant subjects are carefully chosen to be recognizable to many. "Gardens Illustrated"" "The library staff at The New York Botanical Garden has been eagerly awaiting A Botanist's Vocabulary arrival on the market and in our collection. . . . For lovers of plants and for lovers of language, A Botanist's Vocabulary is an essential addition to the home and botanical library alike." --NYBG's Plant Talk "Students, gardeners, and even professional botanists will find much to like in this expanded glossary, with its concise definitions and elegant drawings. . . . Botany reference collections will find this a welcome addition for users of all levels." --Booklist "This handy and elegant illustrated glossary features over 1,300 terms used by botanists and home gardeners. Beautiful and finely detailed black-and-white drawings illuminate the minute differences among everything from aggregate fruits to zygomorphic flowers. A splendid ready-reference title that will be eagerly embraced by the green-thumbed." --Library Journal best reference pick "If you don't know your palmate from your pandurate leaf, you may find this well laid-out guide to botanical terms a wonderful resource. . . . it's possible to enrich your whole gardening experience, whether you're a botany student, a gardener or simply someone who wants to learn more about plants." --The Guardian "Not only vital to understanding landscape architecture as it is transmitted in the written word, but also for communicating its expressive depth. . . . Terms here are explicated in brief and illustrated by elegant, clear line drawings." --Landscape Architecture Magazine "Bobbi Angell's incisive illustrations not only show the botanical structures clearly, but the plant subjects are carefully chosen to be recognizable to many." --Gardens Illustrated "There are very few books that I believe are truly essential to good gardening. I suspect, though, that this may turn out to be one of the select few." --Garden Rant "A Botanist's Vocabulary is a straightforward, no-frills guide to botanical terms. After a brief introduction, the book explains 1,300 botanical terms from the prosaic (annual) to the esoteric--any idea what zoophilous means? . . . You don't need a background in horticulture to use this book, but if you're trying to get one, this book would be a valuable aid." --Northern Gardener "Sayings like 'a picture is worth a thousand words' may be considered cliche, but typically they also hit the nail on the head. That's never been more true than for this book. While understanding a term like 'lanceolate' purely based on words ('lance- or sword-shaped with the widest point toward the base') may require you to read its definition multiple times, seeing an illustration once is usually enough to get it. . . . Having A Botanist's Vocabulary on your book shelf is a bit like having a box of assorted Band-Aids in your bathroom. It gives you peace of mind knowing you're covered if and when you need it." --Succulents and More "If the meanings of words like rhizomes, xeric, or rosettes do not immediately come to mind, you might be interested in another terrific book of the season, A Botanist's Vocabulary. These words are among 1,700 explanations, many of which are accompanied by drawings showing exactly what these terms and phrases represent." --Better Homes and Country Gardens "Accessible to beginners and still useful to professionals and more advanced students." --CBHL "A most welcomed addition to the reference toolkits of both hobbyist and professional botanists alike. Unlike many traditional dictionaries of botanical terminology, this book is not only easy to use but pleasing on the eyes as well. . . . a must have reference piece." --Economic Botany The library staff at The New York Botanical Garden has been eagerly awaiting A Botanist s Vocabulary arrival on the market and in our collection. . . . For lovers of plants and for lovers of language, A Botanist s Vocabulary is an essential addition to the home and botanical library alike. NYBG s Plant Talk Students, gardeners, and even professional botanists will find much to like in this expanded glossary, with its concise definitions and elegant drawings. . . . Botany reference collections will find this a welcome addition for users of all levels. Booklist If you don t know your palmate from your pandurate leaf, you may find this well laid-out guide to botanical terms a wonderful resource. . . . it s possible to enrich your whole gardening experience, whether you re a botany student, a gardener or simply someone who wants to learn more about plants. The Guardian Bobbi Angell s incisive illustrations not only show the botanical structures clearly, but the plant subjects are carefully chosen to be recognizable to many. Gardens Illustrated A Botanist s Vocabulary is a straightforward, no-frills guide to botanical terms. After a brief introduction, the book explains 1,300 botanical terms from the prosaic (annual) to the esoteric any idea what zoophilous means? . . . You don t need a background in horticulture to use this book, but if you re trying to get one, this book would be a valuable aid. Northern Gardener Sayings like a picture is worth a thousand words may be considered cliche, but typically they also hit the nail on the head. That s never been more true than for this book. While understanding a term like lanceolate purely based on words ( lance- or sword-shaped with the widest point toward the base ) may require you to read its definition multiple times, seeing an illustration once is usually enough to get it. . . . Having A Botanist s Vocabulary on your book shelf is a bit like having a box of assorted Band-Aids in your bathroom. It gives you peace of mind knowing you re covered if and when you need it. Succulents and More Accessible to beginners and still useful to professionals and more advanced students. CBHL "

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