A new series of concise, practical garden books, with one exception, keyed almost solely to the amateur. gardener. (The exception is Evergreens in which a substantial section is devoted to instructions for starting from seed, grafting, propagation, etc., definitely of more concern to nurserymen than to the average home gardener.)... Mrs. Robbins' book on Annuals seemed to me particularly good -- the answer to the query, ""Can you recommend any book to someone who knows literally nothing about gardening?"" She has, in her text, assumed this to be a fact, and gives step by step instructions about such elementary things as transplanting seedlings, proper watering of tiny seedlings, and so on. Then, in the section devoted to planning an annual border, she suggests -- under each of her 12 basic annuals for all small gardens, planting combinations, taking into consideration color, height, texture, habit of growth, season of bloom. Throughout, she follows a usual routine , but includes data on possibility of fall sowing as against spring, and other such questions that often remain unanswered... The Barker book on Small Fruits has some sound, down to earth advice, and a heartening note as to the values and low costs of small fruit...... Swartout's book on Vegetables discusses 25 basics to aid selection and gives some excellent suggestions on order of importance, successive crops, preparation of ground (he too assumes virtually no knowledge ahead)...The Shepherd book on Roses might leave the budding enthusiast a bit frustrated, let's hope the finished book suggests some books to follow. All in all, a good series. Illustrated with diagrams, sketches, etc. These in the Evergreen serve as aids to identification; in most of the others, more as aids to procedure.