In spite of the fact that the information is sound and there is much of value in this book, it seems not quite up to the standard of the series. In the first place, I question it as a foundation or first book on gardening. There is nothing of the enthusiasm and inspiration that most gardening books supply; there is too much of the scientific sides of horticulture, there is an assumption of interest and enthusiasm deeper than the normal first steps in gardening. Anyone with a fundamental interest and knowledge of the subject will find it a handy text; beginners would find it beyond their depth. Drawings by Eugen H Peterson.