Features and Benefits

Hallmark Features

Discusses the science, art, and business of horticulture.

  • Helps students develop a broad understanding of all the dimensions of the field, showing how they are interconnected, and expanding their view of the opportunities available.  

Provides a broad overview of basic principles and practices.

  • Minimizes regional and national biases and gives consistent treatment to the basics of horticulture.
  • Presents materials that are appropriate for both small- and large-scale production.

Includes coverage of indoor and outdoor production—see Part IV and Part V.

  • Familiarizes students with all aspects of horticultural production.  

Blends both science and practice—by discussing plant taxonomy, anatomy, growth environment, physiology, and genetics.

  • Introduces students to the role of these disciplines and how they are applied to increase performance.  

Offers an extensive illustration program—featuring 600 photographs and line drawings with comprehensive captions, and numerous detailed tables.

  • Provides students with visual reinforcement of concepts that facilitate learning.
  • Gives instructors sufficient visuals to support their lectures.
New To This Edition

New! Chapter 6: Breeding Horticultural Plants–see Part 1.

  • Gives students essential information on plant breeding, genetics, hybridization, biotechnology and more!

New! Chapter 13: Greenhouse Production–see Part 4.

  • Devotes a separate chapter to topics such as greenhouse production, the role of imports, the importance of greenhouses in plant production, and production and marketing strategies.

New! Chapter 17: Installation of the Landscape–see Part 5.

  • Devotes a separate chapter to landscape construction, designing a flower garden, perennial and annual bedding plants, ground cover, ornamental grasses, trees and shrubs.

New/Revised! Chapter 22: Establishment and Management of an Orchard–see Part 6.

  • Discusses the principles of organic farming, the certification process, the planting material, disease and insect pest control, composting systems and more!

Reorganized! Part 7: Special Techniques and Handling of Horticultural Products includes chapters on:

  • Floral Design (Ch. 24)
  • Terrarium Culture (Ch. 25)
  • Bonsai and the Art of Miniature Plant Culture (Ch. 26)
  • Post-Harvest Handling of Horticultural Products (Ch. 27)

New! Contributions from 12 industry professionals–appear in this edition.

  • Adds to the quality of the presentation and provides different perspectives on topics.
  • Provides practical and field applications in horticulture and shows students how theory is actually applied by professionals in the field.