'Botany is a useful and rewarding study from which, unfortunately, many laypersons are frightened away by the technical jargon that constitutes the language of the science. The reader of this book will encounter a number of scientific words in the following pages. Some are part of the common parlance of gardeners. For want of suitable nontechnical equivalents, others cannot be avoided when writing such a book. Each technical word, whether common or obscure, is explained in the text and glossary, and occasional reference is made to the Greek and Latin roots from which these words have been derived. In addition, it is hoped that the numerous illustrations will give added meaning to the botanical vocabulary and ideas developed.'
'Plants purify the air by exchanging the oxygen we breathe with carbon dioxide, which is poisonous in too high a concentration. Plants convert the energy of sunlight into foods that sustain all animals and, from the soil, draw minerals such as nitrogen, potassium, calcium, and iron that are essential for our well-being. For creatures large and small, plants provide shade from the sun, refuge from predators, and protection from the ever-changing elements. Since the first cells came into being millions of years ago, plants have been the connecting links in an unbroken chain of life. It is they that have made the biosphere, the part of Earth’s crust where both plants and animals exist, a place of limitless opportunity for human inquiry.'
Excellent introduction to Botany with very good illustrations.