Plant Science for Gardeners

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Plant Science for Gardeners – Essentials for Growing Better Plants

Plant Science for Gardeners empowers growers to analyze common problems, find solutions, and make better decisions in the garden for optimal plant health and productivity.

Most gardeners learn by accumulating rules – water once a week, never dry out snowdrop bulbs, prune lilacs after flowering, plant garlic in October—the list is endless.

Rules take years to learn and yet leave you floundering when the unexpected strikes and plants look unhealthy, produce poorly, or die.

There is a better way.

By understanding the basic biology of how plants grow, you can become a thinking gardener with the confidence to problem solve for optimized plant health and productivity. Learn the science and ditch the rules! Coverage includes:

  • The biology of roots, stems, leaves, and flowers
  • Understanding how plants function as whole organisms
  • The role of nutrients and inputs
  • Vegetables, flowers, grasses, and trees and shrubs
  • Propagation and genetics
  • Sidebars that explode common gardening myths
  • Tips for evaluating plant problems and finding solutions.

Whether you’re a home gardener, micro-farmer, market gardener, or homesteader, this entertaining and accessible guide shortens the learning curve and gives you the knowledge to succeed no matter where you live.

Part of Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series

About The Author

Robert Pavlis is a well-known speaker, and educator with over 40 years of gardening experience. He is the author of Building Natural Ponds, Garden Myths Book 1 & 2, and publishes the popular gardening blogs; and As the owner and head gardener of Aspen Grove Gardens, a six-acre botanical garden, he grows 3,000 varieties of plants.

Book Reviews

Know the science and you can grow anything. Pavlis’ latest is a sure way to learn that science.


Read it and your garden will blossom – literally and figuratively.

— LEE REICH , author, The Ever Curious Gardener

Book Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (May 12, 2022)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780865719736
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces

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