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Horticulture and Plant Disease

  • The Biology Behind the Plants You Love, How They Grow, and What They Need
    A Gardener's Guide to Botany
    From Cool Spring Press:
    A fascinating and in-depth exploration of the endless wonders of the plant kingdom awaits you. Join botanist Scott Zona on a captivating journey into the incredible world of plants. This book is a delightful botanical romp that introduces the science behind how and why plants form the foundation of all life on Earth. In layman's language, you'll uncover what distinguishes plants from people and how the adaptations they've developed over eons influence their appearance today, as well as how they grow and survive in a tremendous diversity of climates. Lush illustrations and full-color photography showcase some of the world's most captivating plants (along with plenty of common ones), leaving you even more enamored with plants than when you first cracked open the very first page.

    Discover the chlorophyll-infused science behind how plants:

    React to their environment to adapt and "know" when it's ideal for supporting growth
    Access water and nutrients, including through partnerships with other living organisms
    Reproduce in ingenious and astonishing ways, both with and without sex
    Disperse their genes via seeds spread by wind, water, animals, or even by the plant itself
    Protect themselves from predators with defenses like spines, waxes, and toxic compounds such as cyanide, cocaine, nicotine, quinine, and many others
    Communicate with each other - and with other living organisms both above and below the ground - through chemical messaging systems
    Whether you're an advanced gardener with acres of green to tend or a new plant parent with a single fern on a windowsill, this is a revelatory look at what makes plants tick. Join Dr. Zona on a beautiful botanical adventure.
    By Scott Zona, ISBN 978-0-7603-7445-0, copyright 2023.
    Price: $32.00
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  • Botanical Keys to Florida's Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines
    Botanical Keys to Florida's Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines

    By Gil Nelson:

    This unique botanical key serves as a field guide for both amateurs and professionals, showcasing the leaves, flowers, fruit, and other characteristics of 968 species of trees, shrubs, and vines. The guide includes two keys: the Master Key to Major Groups of Woody Plants, leading to subsidiary keys or a plant family, and family keys that identify species within specific families. For further convenience, species within particular genera are grouped together. In addition to detailed plant descriptions, the author provides insights into the likely areas where each can be found, accompanied by a Glossary of Common Botanical Terms.
    208 pp. Pineapple Press (2011)

    Price: $19.95
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  • Desórdenes y Enfermedades de las Palmas Ornamentales
    Desórdenes y Enfermedades de las Palmas Ornamentales
    Tanto las palmas nativas como las introducidas, que crecen en los Estados Unidos, sufren de desórdenes y enfermedades. Los desórdenes incluyen las deficiencias nutricionales, además de los daños naturales y los ocasionados por el hombre. Puede ser difícil diferenciar los desórdenes de las enfermedades o diferenciar los desórdenes individuales de las enfermedades correspondientes. Esta colección de fichas ilustra los problemas comunes en las palmas e intenta guiar al usuario en la diferenciación de los problemas. 2.ª Edición.
    Price: $12.00
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  • Disorders and Diseases of Ornamental Palms ID Deck
    Disorders and Diseases of Ornamental Palms, 2nd Edition
    Recently revised and updated, this ID deck is a diagnostic tool for landscape professionals and backyard hobbyists. The color photographs and explanatory text help users identify and distinguish between the nutritional deficiencies, physiological disorders, and common diseases of ornamental palms. All palms in the U.S. suffer from disorders and diseases, and identifying the differences can be tricky. These cards feature photographs and descriptions and are cross-referenced for easy comparison between different symptoms and the potential problems causing them. Includes a table of contents and 55 laminated, ring-bound cards.

    Price: $12.00
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  • Horticultural Therapy Methods
    Horticultural Therapy Methods
    From CRC Press:
    Horticultural therapy has evolved from its use only by volunteer gardeners to become a recognized and respected therapeutic modality conducted by trained, registered professionals. This book presents types of programs, settings, and goals in horticultural therapy. It outlines treatment planning; development of sessions to meet treatment objectives; motivation and behavior management techniques; documentation guidelines; practical approaches for wellness; and resources for activity ideas. This revised edition updates materials and adds essential information on planning treatment sessions. It also provides horticultural therapy strategies to address treatment issues related to mental health, physical health, vocational skills, and wellness.

    Editors: Rebecca L. Haller, Christine L. Capra

    2nd edition, 2017, 188pp
    ISBN: 978-1-138-73117-2
    Price: $31.95
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  • The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World’s Most Beautiful Orchid
    The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World’s Most Beautiful Orchid
    Explore the intriguing world of the Phragmipedium kovachii, hailed as the most coveted orchid discovery of its time after its unearthing in Peru in 2002. Witness as its allure drives prices to unprecedented heights, reaching a staggering $10,000 on the black market, leading even the most level-headed individuals to bend rules and skirt laws in their quest to possess it.

    Award-winning journalist Craig Pittman, renowned for his coverage in the St. Petersburg (now Tampa Bay) Times, meticulously unveils this fascinating narrative. Through Pittman's insightful storytelling, the intricate web of smugglers, scientists, and federal investigators is unraveled, shedding light on the true culprits behind this captivating saga.

    Summer selection for the Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Book Club - save 20% off list price (normally $20.95).
    Price: $16.76
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  • The Triumph of Seeds
    The Triumph of Seeds
    From Basic Books:
    We live in a world of seeds. From our morning toast to the cotton in our clothes, they are quite literally the stuff and staff of life, supporting diets, economies, and civilizations around the globe. Just as the search for nutmeg and pepper drove the Age of Discovery, so did coffee beans fuel the Enlightenment, and cottonseed spark the Industrial Revolution. Seeds are fundamental objects of beauty, evolutionary wonder, and simple fascination. Yet, despite their importance, seeds are often seen as commonplace, their extraordinary natural and human histories overlooked. Thanks to this stunning book, they can be overlooked no more. "The Triumph of Seeds" is a book of knowledge and adventure, spun by an award-winning writer with both the charm of a fireside storyteller and the hard-won expertise of a field biologist. A fascinating scientific adventure, it is essential reading for anyone who loves to see a plant grow.

    By Thor Hanson, ISBN 978-0-465-09740-1, copyright 2015.

    This was a previous selection for the Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Book Club.

    Price: $17.99
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  • Watermelon Field Guide
    Watermelon Field Guide

    Real-world watermelon experiences through the eyes of Florida Extension agents.
    Developed by UF/IFAS Extension county and regional agents in the Suwannee Valley Agricultural Area with support from the Florida Watermelon Association (FWA), the Watermelon Field Guide is a handy visual reference that growers can take to the field to identify the pests, diseases, injuries, disorders, and other challenges to growing watermelon in Florida.

    Fully illustrated with 140 color photos, this guide provides real-life observations on a wide range of subjects, including:

    • Chemical Injuries (herbicides, miticides, chemical burns)

    • Diseases (fungal pathogens, viruses, bacterial diseases)

    • Environmental Injuries (hail, lightning, irrigation problems)

    • Nutrients (testing, deficiencies, toxicities)

    • Good Bugs and Bad Bugs (beneficial insects, squash bugs, whiteflies, nematodes)

    • Physiological and Genetic Disorders (leaf curling, hollow heart, oedema)

    • Wildlife (raccoons, birds, feral pigs)

    • And more!

    6"x4.5", 136 pages, laminated, spiral binding

    Price: $22.00
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