Horticulturist of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Alys Sutcliffe is an excellent choice for this addition to the Dutton Garden Guides. Her advice, while scientifically grounded, is down to earth in its application for the city apartment tweller or the recipient of gift plants, who has little experience in their care. Her primary dcta: pay attention to your plants, learn their known needs (determined by origin and climate) and try to provide for them. Then she goes into aspects of goals:- light, ventilation, humidity, containers, soils, pests, etc. Propagation she knows is reaching a more specialized field- but gives enough to inspire one to go further. Her lists of recommendations, whether of bulbs, flowering plants, foliage plants, ferns, succulents or kitchen plants, are excellent, and should help either beginners or addicts.