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RHS Practical Latin for Gardeners: More Than 1,500 Essential Plant Names and the Secrets They Contain


By: The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) (Author), James Armitage (Author)

160 pages, 150 illustrations

Mitchell Beazley

Paperback | Sep 2016 | #230950 | ISBN-13: 9781784722265
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NHBS Price: £9.99 $12/€11 approx

About this book

RHS Practical Latin for Gardeners is a unique guide to plant binomials based on the bestselling RHS Latin for Gardeners. It contains 1,500 of the most useful and most widespread Latin names, organized into thematic chapters including Colour, Size, Form and Habitat. Each chapter is further subdivided into smaller groups, such as large plants and small plants. This allows gardeners to make new connections and discoveries in a way standard alphabetical lists don't permit. 'Behind the Name' feature boxes further increase the book's practical value, and a wide range of botanical watercolours ensure that it is beautiful as well as functional. RHS Practical Latin for Gardeners includes a definition and pronunciation guide for each word, as well as a 16-page alphabetical index, so that it can still be used as a conventional dictionary of Latin names. And its handy, pocket-sized format makes it the perfect gift.

Praise for the first edition:

"This book is a superb way in for all those looking at how to design investigations and collect data to support their findings."
– Sue Townsend, Biodiversity Learning Manager, Field Studies Council

"[M]akes it easy for the reader to synthesise R and Excel and there is extra help and sample data available on the free companion webpage if needed. I recommended this text to the university library as well as to colleagues at my student workshops on R. Although I initially bought this book when I wanted to discover R I actually also learned new techniques for data manipulation and management in Excel"
– Mark Edwards, EcoBlogging

"A must for anyone getting to grips with data analysis using R and excel."
– Amazon 5-star review

"It has been very easy to follow and will be perfect for anyone."
– Amazon 5-star review

"A solid introduction to working with Excel and R. The writing is clear and informative, the book provides plenty of examples and figures so that each string of code in R or step in Excel is understood by the reader."
– Goodreads, 4-star review

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The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is the UK's largest gardening charity, dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening. Its charitable work includes providing expert advice and information, training the next generation of gardeners and promoting the ecological, aesthetic and psychological benefits of gardening in an urban environment.

James Armitage is the Principal Botanist with the Royal Horticultural Society, where he has worked since 2002. Based in the Herbarium at RHS Garden Wisley, his work is focused on research into the identity and origins of garden plants. He is an acknowledged expert on the taxonomy and nomenclature of cultivated plants, and worked on several books, notably RHS Plant Finder and the most recent edition of The Hillier Manual of Trees and Shrubs. His general writing has been published widely in the gardening press, and in 2012 he was named the Garden Media Guild's Trade Journalist of the Year.

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