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Tony Rodd is a former Horticultural Botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia. He has worked as a freelance consultant for the last 25 years, specializing in plant identification, as well as writing about plants, photographing them, and acting as editorial consultant for reference books. Geoff Bryant is a New Zealand-based horticultural writer and photographer and was a plant propagator and nurseryman for some 10 years. He has written 11 books, including several widely sold plant propagation handbooks, as well as numerous magazine articles illustrated with his own photographs.
The authors and publisher should be congratulated for their brilliant idea of dividing this plant encyclopedia into two volumes, according to the types of plants. The handy size and plastic cover of the books make them ideal for fieldwork, as well as indoor research. [A] superb production, both as a succinct guide and also as a handsome book. No milkweed makes the cut in this assemblage, but plenty of other Texas-viable plants do. Browsing through Trees and Shrubs will likely introduce you to plants you never knew about before, some of which you might be inspired to try in your garden or a patio container.--William Scheick"Texas Gardener" (04/01/2011) While the encyclopedia is aimed at gardeners, its worldwide focus makes it a good option for academic and public libraries in need of a handy reference to common or interesting trees and shrubs.--Diane Schmidt"American Reference Books Annual 2012" (04/01/2012)