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Taylor's Dictionary for Gardeners
by Frances Tenenbaum

Taylor's Dictionary for Gardeners
From everyday gardening terms to essential botanical Latin, this illustrated book is truly a dictionary of horticultural literacy for gardeners of every level of interest and experience. With 2,000 entries and 275 illustrations, Taylor's Dictionary for Gardeners defines and clearly explains the terminology of horticulture, including the botanical names of common species, or how to read a plant label; horticultural terms — the difference between genus, species, cultivar, and hybrid; garden techniques, such as what it means to scarify seeds and distress roots; the anatomy and physiology of plants, including the everyday significance of apical dominance; historical gardening terms and styles, from ha-ha to bedding out. The book also includes names and descriptions of garden tools and insect pests, brief biographies of famous gardeners, and listings of botanical gardens and institutions in the world of horticulture.



Key Features:

• Horticultural terms
• The anatomy of plants
• Botanical names of common species
• Gardening techniques and tools
• Pests and diseases
• Landscaping styles
• Famous gardens and gardeners
• Detailed illustrations



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cultivar
A plant variety maintained in cultivation by vegetative propagation or from inbred seed. The word "cultivar" derives from "cultivated variety." Cultivars have particular, desirable qualities that distinguish them from common, unselected seedlings. A cultivar name is indicated typographically by a roman word or words enclosed in single quotation marks. For example, there is only one species of heather, Calluna vulgaris, but there are hundreds of cultivars with flowers and foliage of different colors. If you want a heather with green foliage, pink flowers, and a mounding shape, you might select the cultivar C. vulgaris 'County Wicklow'. See also hybrid; strain; species