Handbook of Ornamental Horticulture
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PREFACE Importance of ornamental horticulture in India cannot be over emphasized. Now, the role of floriculture in the economic prosperity of our country is well established. Export of floricultural products to foreign markets has brought about rapid development in commercial floriculture. Gardening in urban areas and incepting the inside houses, offices, banks, shops, hospitals, hotels and other buildings with ornamental plants has become very popular due to lack of open space. This book includes brief description and methods of growing ornamental plants like trees, shrubs, climbers, annuals, palms, ferns, orchids and cacti and succulents, etc. Moreover, historic development of garden, garden styles, and different types of gardens have also been included in the book. There is a special mention on the role of ornamental plants in controlling environmental pollution. Designing of gardens, maintenance of lawn, hedges and edges, rockery, topiary, etc. all have been beautifully placed to make it useful. An endeavor has been made to provide useful and latest information on various aspects of ornamental horticulture. This book finally ends with the list of some reference books, magazines and references. It has been written for the requirement of the students of horticulture, horticulturists, landscapedesigners, amateurs and also for the growers. The long felt demand of the students in ornamental horticulture has promoted me to take the initiative in writing this book. This book is written following the syllabus of colleges and universities of India. It has been written in a simple and easy to understandable language. I am grateful to Dr. R.G . Maiti, ex-senior Professor of Department of Horticulture, B .C .K .V , Mohanpur, West Bengal for his support and continuous encouragement in bringing out this book. I wish to congratulate profusely to Mr. G .C . Das, Dr. B.C. Das, Dr. A.K. Pal and Dr. S. Mukherjee for their outstanding contribution. Lastly, I am very much thankful to the publisher M S Agrotech Publishing Academy, Udaipur who has given me the opportunity to publish this book. Readers are welcome to send their suggestion for further improvement in the text. Kalyani, 2004
Chapter -1 Annuals Importance and uses Classification Herbaceous border Cultivation of annuals Plant protection Seed collection and storage Description of some annuals.