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Autumn 2007
  Armchair Gardening

The Expert & The Pocket Expert books
Author - Dr D.G Hessayon
Review by Trevor Edwards August 2002

Over the next few weeks I will be reviewing some of the books in this invaluable series of books.
I am proud to say that over the last 20 years or more I have maintained a collection of the books obtaining most of them as and when they have been published. I have frequently found them to be a valuable reference asset.

Beginner or seasoned gardener - the Expert series that ranges in price from £5.99 to £8.99, has something to offer everyone, from specific plant groups to the planning and design of a garden.
Each of the collection of books employs the same formula of low price, high quality, clarity and instant accessibility which make the series excellent value for money. I am advised that over 40 million copies have been sold worldwide, making the Expert the No 1 gardening books series.
Beginners would be well advised to buy all the titles in the Expert series.

The Expert books cut through the technical jargon to give the gardener the information he or she needs to know in order to do the job properly and grow plants successfully. Dr Hessayon emphasises individual choice - there are no 'correct' colour schemes or layouts. He explains the main options available to the gardener, but firmly believes that gardens are a matter of personal choice and enjoyment.

To my knowledge no other publisher has improved on the formula for getting facts on the page in the most immediately intelligible manner. Expert gives you the essential information on every gardening subject. The Expert series phenomenal success proves that every kind of gardener trusts and relies on Expert advice. Expert books portray the kind of results that any ordinary gardener can expect. The diagrams are clearly drawn and well labelled for maximum comprehension.

The Expert books have never been glossy coffee table books, they are far more useful and practical than that. Whether on a bookshelf or in the kitchen drawer, they have always been at hand, ready to be consulted, telling us all about the plants in our garden or the ones we saw at the garden centre - but that left a gap. In recent years Dr Hessayon has published a new series of concise and handy guides – The Pocket Expert a handy size that you can take anywhere, they are packed with the clear and concise information the gardener really needs.

At only £3.99, they are small enough for purse or pocket, packed with 128 pages of information in the Expert style - drawings, charts and photographs on all-colour pages with clear, no-nonsense text. The Pocket Tree & Shrub Expert, The Pocket Flower Expert and The Pocket Garden Troubles Expert were published in 2001. In 2002 two more have been added - The Pocket Vegetable Expert and The Pocket House Plant Expert. 'There will be more to follow' says author Dr D G Hessayon, 'Some will be digests of favourite titles, but there will also be brand new ones'. I look forward to The Pocket DIYThe Pocket Flower Expert Expert which will be published in March 2003.

Read Trevor's review on The Pocket Flower Expert




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