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‘Practical Botany for Gardeners’ by Geoff Hodge

For anyone who has been horrified by the lopsided life that remains after a bout of pruning, gardening writer Geoff Hodge has some gentle advice: Pruning is both an art and a science. You’ll be better equipped to take on the challenge after reading the chapter on pruning in “Practical Botany for Gardeners: Over 3,000 Botanical Terms Explained and Explored” (University of Chicago). In addition to explaining the science behind plants, Hodge offers advice on treating plant pests and diseases. Botanical illustrations on almost every page add a decorative touch, and profiles of botanical artists pay tribute to those who make plants come alive on the page.

JAN GARDNER

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