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See below for a selection of the latest books from Horticulture category. Presented with a red border are the Horticulture books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Horticulture books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

American Eden David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

American Eden David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

Author: Victoria Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2019

On a clear morning in July 1804, Alexander Hamilton stepped onto a boat at the edge of the Hudson River. He was bound for a New Jersey dueling ground to settle his bitter dispute with Aaron Burr. Hamilton took just two men with him: his second for the duel, and Dr. David Hosack. As historian Victoria Johnson reveals in her groundbreaking biography, Hosack was one of the few points the duelists did agree on. Summoned that morning because of his role as the beloved Hamilton family doctor, he was also a close friend of Burr. A brilliant surgeon and a world-class botanist, Hosack-who until now has been lost in the fog of history-was a pioneering thinker who shaped a young nation. Born in New York City, he was educated in Europe and returned to America inspired by his newfound knowledge. He assembled a plant collection so spectacular and diverse that it amazes botanists today, conducted some of the first pharmaceutical research in the United States, and introduced new surgeries to American. His tireless work championing public health and science earned him national fame and praise from the likes of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander von Humboldt, and the Marquis de Lafayette. One goal drove Hosack above all others: to build the Republic's first botanical garden. Despite innumerable obstacles and near-constant resistance, Hosack triumphed when, by 1810, his Elgin Botanic Garden at last crowned twenty acres of Manhattan farmland. Where others saw real estate and power, Hosack saw the landscape as a pharmacopoeia able to bring medicine into the modern age (Eric W. Sanderson, author of Mannahatta). Today what remains of America's first botanical garden lies in the heart of midtown, buried beneath Rockefeller Center. Whether collecting specimens along the banks of the Hudson River, lecturing before a class of rapt medical students, or breaking the fever of a young Philip Hamilton, David Hosack was an American visionary who has been too long forgotten. Alongside other towering figures of the post-Revolutionary generation, he took the reins of a nation. In unearthing the dramatic story of his life, Johnson offers a lush depiction of the man who gave a new voice to the powers and perils of nature.

Tapestry Lawns Freed from Grass and Full of Flowers

Tapestry Lawns Freed from Grass and Full of Flowers

Author: Lionel Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2019

Swathes of the human world are covered in ornamental grass lawns; they are the single most commonly encountered horticultural feature on the planet. Unfortunately, they are now often viewed as resource-draining green deserts due to the lack of plant and animal diversity, the need for frequent mowing and watering, and addition of lawn greening products to keep them looking at their best. It is a venerable horticultural feature that is essentially frozen in time, and with few alternatives to whet the appetite, the lawn has languished in its current grass-only format for decades. Until now. Tapestry lawns are a new, practically researched and timely development of the ornamental lawn format that integrates both horticultural practice and ecological science and re-determines the potential of a lawn. Mown barely a handful of times a year and with no need for fertilisers or scarifying, tapestry lawns are substantially richer in their diversity of plant and animal life compared to traditional grass-only lawns and see the return of flowers and colour to a format from which they are usually purposefully excluded. Tapestry Lawns: Freed from Grass and Full of Flowers traces the changes in the lawn format from its origins to the modern day and offers information on how and why the tapestry lawn construct is now achievable. It provides guidance on how to create and maintain a tapestry lawn of your own and champions the potential benefits for wildlife that can follow. Features Accessible and informative to all types of readers from academic to amateur Includes a refined and tested set of useful tapestry lawn plants Contains step-by-step instructions for creation and management methods of grass-free lawns Illustrated in full colour If you have ever thought about mowing your lawn much less, making it much more colourful and wildlife friendly, then this book will inform and guide you to create a perfect, grass-free lawn.

Tapestry Lawns Freed from Grass and Full of Flowers

Tapestry Lawns Freed from Grass and Full of Flowers

Author: Lionel Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/06/2019

Swathes of the human world are covered in ornamental grass lawns; they are the single most commonly encountered horticultural feature on the planet. Unfortunately, they are now often viewed as resource-draining green deserts due to the lack of plant and animal diversity, the need for frequent mowing and watering, and addition of lawn greening products to keep them looking at their best. It is a venerable horticultural feature that is essentially frozen in time, and with few alternatives to whet the appetite, the lawn has languished in its current grass-only format for decades. Until now. Tapestry lawns are a new, practically researched and timely development of the ornamental lawn format that integrates both horticultural practice and ecological science and re-determines the potential of a lawn. Mown barely a handful of times a year and with no need for fertilisers or scarifying, tapestry lawns are substantially richer in their diversity of plant and animal life compared to traditional grass-only lawns and see the return of flowers and colour to a format from which they are usually purposefully excluded. Tapestry Lawns: Freed from Grass and Full of Flowers traces the changes in the lawn format from its origins to the modern day and offers information on how and why the tapestry lawn construct is now achievable. It provides guidance on how to create and maintain a tapestry lawn of your own and champions the potential benefits for wildlife that can follow. Features Accessible and informative to all types of readers from academic to amateur Includes a refined and tested set of useful tapestry lawn plants Contains step-by-step instructions for creation and management methods of grass-free lawns Illustrated in full colour If you have ever thought about mowing your lawn much less, making it much more colourful and wildlife friendly, then this book will inform and guide you to create a perfect, grass-free lawn.

Conifers and Heathers

Conifers and Heathers

Author: Alan R. Toogood Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/04/2019

Provides detailed information on planning a heathland garden, improving the soil, and choosing the appropriate conifers and heather varieties. * Making a choice * Planting and Cultivation * Propagation * Colour All Year-Round * Ornamental Conifers * Heathers for All Seasons * Full and useful Index

Sensing the Perfect Tomato An Internet of Things Approach

Sensing the Perfect Tomato An Internet of Things Approach

Author: Denise (University of Washington, USA) Wilson Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/04/2019

Tomatoes are an important crop for their economic value and nutritional benefits. Optimizing yields for tomato crops requires careful attention to how and when to harvest both in the context of time-to-market and end use. The Internet of Things (IOT), when using distributed and networked sensors, has shown tremendous potential to support precision agriculture, providing a finer resolution, more detailed picture of crops that was not previously possible using conventional crop monitoring techniques. This book marries the potential of the Internet of Sensors to the needs of tomato farming, in ways that are economically fruitful, technologically robust, and environmentally sustainable.

Conservation and Utilization of Horticultural Genetic Resources

Conservation and Utilization of Horticultural Genetic Resources

Author: P.E Rajasekharan Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/04/2019

The conservation of crop genetic resources is one of the important elements in efforts to sustainably increase agricultural production in low-income countries, and to guarantee long-term food security, especially for the low-income population groups in these countries. Horticultural crops, as high-value crops, have an important role to play in revitalizing rural economies and can add significantly to national economies. Moreover, horticulture provides more than twice the number of jobs compared to traditional cereal crop production, and the shifting of conventional agriculture towards high-value horticulture has increased employment opportunities in developing countries. To exploit this potential, researchers need a vast array of horticultural genetic resources and information on new traits. Horticultural crops, which are only a part of PGRFA (Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture), are characterized by a wide and varied range of species. In fact, there are five major horticultural crop groups: fruit and nut crops, vegetables, food legumes, roots and tubers, and lastly the ornamental and medicinal group. In this context, the present book provides a comprehensive overview of the current state of conservation and utilization of horticultural genetic resources, addressing contemporary approaches to conservation in connection with different technologies, including biotechnological approaches as practised in India and in some cases, globally. It includes a brief chapter on the unique nature of horticultural genetic resources, providing a rationale for viewing them as being distinct from field crop genetic resources. Subsequent chapters share insights on protocols for the conservation of selected horticultural crops ex situ, and focus on the increased need to complement these efforts with in situ conservation approaches. Geospatial tools are also briefly described, emphasizing their utility with regard to mapping and managing resources. The book also explores the wild gene pool in horticulture crops; discusses legal aspects related to horticultural genetic resources and biotechnological aspects; and describes the key aspects of sustainable management and replenishment. Given its scope, the book offers a valuable resource for all horticulturists, graduate students, researchers, policymakers, conservationists, and NGOs engaged in horticulture in particular and biodiversity in general.

Good agricultural practices for greenhouse vegetable production in the south east European countries principles for sustainable intensification of smallholder farms

Good agricultural practices for greenhouse vegetable production in the south east European countries principles for sustainable intensification of smallholder farms

Author: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/04/2019

Greenhouse crop production is now a growing reality throughout the world, with an estimated 405 000 ha of greenhouses spread throughout Europe. This publication aims to capitalize on the know-how and experience available in the South East European region and to serve as a training guide for trainers and a technical reference for growers and stakeholders in the greenhouse vegetable value chain. It will contribute to ensuring sustainable intensification practices of vegetable production under protected cultivation conditions. Greenhouse cultivation is particularly suited to offset the effects of climate change since, by definition, greenhouse cultivation is based on controlled climate parameters including temperature, humidity, light and day length, wind and CO2 concentration. The book reviews current knowledge which it translates into detailed and comprehensive practical advice to enable increased and sustainable productivity levels.

Clovers How To Grow Them

Clovers How To Grow Them

Author: Thomas Shaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2019

Important Classical Reprints series specialising in Horticulture. The general principles of growing clover are described at length in this seminal work. Varieties of Clover are discussed at length and each variety is given its importance for agriculture and the rotation of crops.

Pool and Waterside Gardens

Pool and Waterside Gardens

Author: Peter Robinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/03/2019

Peter Robinson examines in words and illustrations all aspects of pool and waterside gardening. He begins by considering the various design elements, follows with a considerable amount of practical information on construction techniques, and adds valuable advice on plant selection.

Tropical Fruit Tree Diversity Good practices for in situ and on-farm conservation

Tropical Fruit Tree Diversity Good practices for in situ and on-farm conservation

Author: Bhuwon Sthapit Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

Farmers have developed a range of agricultural practices to sustainably use and maintain a wide diversity of crop species in many parts of the world. This book documents good practices innovated by farmers and collects key reviews on good practices from global experts, not only from the case study countries but also from Brazil, China and other parts of Asia and Latin America. A good practice for diversity is defined as a system, organization or process that, over time and space, maintains, enhances and creates crop genetic diversity, and ensures its availability to and from farmers and other users. Drawing on experiences from a UNEP-GEF project on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Wild and Cultivated Tropical Fruit Tree Diversity for Promoting Livelihoods, Food Security and Ecosystem Services , with case studies from India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, the authors show how methods for identifying good practices are still evolving and challenges in scaling-up remain. They identify key principles effective as a strategy for mainstreaming good practice into development efforts. Few books draw principles and lessons learned from good practices. This book fills this gap by combining good practices from the research project on tropical fruit trees with chapters from external experts to broaden its scope and relevance.