Timber Press, 2010. 268 pages, Octavo, paperback, colour photographs, line drawings.
For two decades readers around the world have been fascinated by Brian Capon’s crystal-clear descriptions of how plants work. What happens inside a seed after it is planted? How do plants use each other – and animals – to survive? How do they reproduce, and how do they transform nutrients into growth? Botany for Gardeners is the most complete, compact, and accessible introduction to the world of botany available. The new edition has been expanded with dazzling scanning electron microscope photographs and even more amazing facts about plants. Especially timely are new essays on food plants: what makes plants edible, the effects of climate change, and the role of genetic engineering. A wide range of topics covered include the exotic behaviours of unusual seeds, the astounding weight-bearing capacity of the Victoria waterlily, and the ingenious existence of lichens.