Brian Capon, a native of Cheshire, England, was educated in England, Canada, and the United States, receiving a Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Chicago. For thirty years he was Professor of Botany at California State University, Los Angeles, where he taught courses ranging from undergraduate general botany to advanced subjects for graduate students. He retired in 1991 as Professor Emeritus. His other book, Plant Survival: Adapting to a Hostile World, was published by Timber Press in 1994, and he occasionally writes on various topics. He is an accomplished landscape and still life painter, enjoys photography, and has traveled extensively throughout the world. Gardening, cooking, and attending plays and opera are among his many pleasures.
"Packed full of features that makes plants so fascinating."
--Gardens Illustrated "An outstanding and enjoyable introduction to
botany, whether the reader is a gardener, or just a garden
visitor." --Bloomsbury Review "A combination of crisp, friendly
writing and detailed, understandable illustrations (both line
drawings and photographs) yields a great book that will be a
welcome addition to the reference shelf." --The Oregonian "You
don't have to be a plant geek to get enormous pleasure from this
treasure of a book. . . . Armed with this information, you can be a
better gardener." --Smith Mountain Laker Magazine "Gives the basics
in a layperson's language, and it's not the size of a typical
scientific tome, which in my book recommends it highly." --SciTech