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Introductory Horticulture 8th Edition

Carroll Shry, H. Edward Reiley

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2007, 2002, 1996
  • 768 Pages


INTRODUCTORY HORTICULTURE, EIGHTH EDITION, is a revision of one of the most widely used texts for secondary agriscience programs. With comprehensive content that includes extensive use of full color illustrations, this text addresses a wide scope of horticultural areas. Self-evaluations allow students to learn and retain the fundamentals. Inclusion of information on the latest technology and trends keep students on the cutting edge. Students will benefit from the tips and information on how to find and interview for a job in the industry, as well as how to successfully operate a horticulture business. Introductory Horticulture, while typically taught in the first and second year of a secondary agriscience program, is also a great resource to be utilized throughout the entire agriscience curriculum.

Carroll Shry, Brandywine Landscaping

Carroll L. Shry, Jr., is presently an instructor at the Frederick County Public Schools Career and Technology Center in the Principles of Landscaping and Nursery Management program in Maryland. His credentials include a BS degree in Agricultural Education/Horticulture from the University of Maryland and an MS in Agricultural Education/Horticulture from West Virginia University. Mr. Shry is an active member of many professional organizations including the American Horticultural Society, the American Nurserymen’s Association and the National FFA Alumni Association. He is past President of NAAE (NVATA), a Certified Professional Horticulturist and owns and operates his own landscape business.

H. Edward Reiley,

H. Edward Reiley was involved in agriculture as a member of the American Rhododendron Society for which he won a Gold Medal and served as president and in agricultural education as a former Director of Vocational Education for the Frederick County Board of Education. He retired in 1981. He was a member of various professional organizations including the FFA Alumni Association in which he was a lifetime member. Mr. Reiley was named Vocational Educator of the year in Maryland for 1978 and received the Honorary American Farmer degree in 1979. Mr Reiley taught agriculture in secondary school and continuing education classes before working in a supervisory capacity. Up until the time of his death on March 16, 2008 Mr. Reiley bred new varieties of rhododendrons and azalea hybrids as well as managed a nursery.
  • Up-to-date information on how green roofs design creates new methods of energy efficiency.
  • Expanded discussion of the use of biological pest control.
  • All new Section on Horticulture Business – covering all basic topics such as business operations, financial reporting, advertising and marketing, human resources, and the use of technology.
  • Expanded glossary and highlighted key terms.
  • New unit on Leadership in Agriscience.
  • Includes OSHA safety hand signals for equipment operation.
  • Latest technology featured to prepare students for the work force.
  • Updated information highlighting trend changes in the agricultural industry including information on trends in the use of organic materials, green roof technology, and pest control.
  • Includes materials list to save time in planning and execution, while the many illustrations allow for ease of learning and understanding of the subject.
  • Key terms are highlighted and defined for ease of understanding. The layout of the text breaks complex topics into smaller, more manageable components to maintain the students’ interest.
Unit 1: Exploring the Horticulture Field.
Unit 2: Plant Taxonomy.
Unit 3: Parts of the Plant and Their Functions.
Unit 4: Environmental Requirements for Good Plant Growth.
Unit 5: Growth Stimulants, Retardants, and Rooting Hormones.
Unit 6: Seeds.
Unit 7: Softwood and Semi-hardwood Cuttings and Micropropagation.
Unit 8: Hardwood Cuttings.
Unit 9: Separation and Division.
Unit 10: Grafting.
Unit 11: Budding.
Unit 12: Layering.
Unit 13: Poinsettias.
Unit 14: Chrysanthemums.
Unit 15: Easter Lilies.
Unit 16: Integrated Pest Management.
Unit 17: Safe Use of Pesticides.
Unit 18: Insecticides.
Unit 19: Fungicides, Rodenticides, Molluscicides, and Nematocides.
Unit 20: Herbicides.
Unit 21: Dish Gardens.
Unit 22: Art of Bonsai.
Unit 23: Interior Landscape, Houseplants, and Plantscaping.
Unit 24: Shrubs and Trees.
Unit 25: Annual Bedding Plants.
Unit 26: Perennials, Ornamental Grass, Vines, Bamboo, and Prairie Gardens.
Unit 27: Narrowleaf Evergreens.
Unit 28: Broadleaf Evergreens.
Unit 29: Deciduous Trees.
Unit 30: Deciduous Shrubs.
Unit 31: Ground Covers.
Unit 32: Bulbs.
Unit 33: Techniques of Pruning.
Unit 34: Principles of Landscaping, Maintenance, Xeriscaping, Water Gardens, Irrigation, and Green Roofs.
Unit 35: Establishing the Lawn.
Unit 36: Maintaining the Lawn.
Unit 37: Renovating the Lawn.
Unit 38: Planning and Preparing the Garden Site.
Unit 39: Planting the Vegetable Garden.
Unit 40: Caring for the Vegetable Garden.
Unit 41: Favorite Garden Vegetables and Herbs.
Unit 42: Strawberries.
Unit 43: Blueberries.
Unit 44: Bramble Fruits.
Unit 45: Grapes.
Unit 46: Wreaths.
Unit 47: Creating Holiday Centerpieces.
Unit 48: Enhancements and Accessories for Floral Designs.
Unit 49: Floral Designs.
Unit 50: Corsages and Boutonnieres.
Unit 51: Beginning a Horticulture Business
Unit 52: Financial Operations
Unit 53: Human Relations
Unit 54: Business Communications
Unit 55: Horticulture in the Age of Technology
Unit 56: Leadership Development in Horticulture
Appendix A – Scientific and Common Names
Appendix B - Professional, Educational, and Trade Organizations for Horticulture and Related Areas
Appendix C – Nut Crops
Appendix D – Equipment and tool Maintenance
Appendix E – Deer Resistant Plants

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  • ISBN-10: 1133480675
  • ISBN-13: 9781133480679
  • STARTING AT $18.99

  • ISBN-10: 1435480392
  • ISBN-13: 9781435480391
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  • RETAIL $199.95

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Instructor's Companion Web Site

ISBN: 9781305491700
The Companion site to accompany INTRODUCTORY HORTICULTURE, NINTH EDITION features tools to support learning and facilitate teaching: Answers to Review Questions appearing at the end of each chapter allow teachers to track and validate student learning. Lesson Plans provide an outline of the key topics in each chapter and correlate to the accompanying PowerPoint® presentations. PowerPoint Presentations align with the Lesson Plans and include photos and illustrations to visually reinforce the key points in each chapter. Testing Powered By Cognero®, a flexible online system, provides chapter-by chapter quizzes. Image Gallery offers full-color photos and illustrations from the text to enable teachers to further enhance classroom presentations. For these instructor-specific resources, please visit at and follow the prompts for obtaining access this secure site.

Lab Manual

ISBN: 9781285424750
Revised for the NINTH EDITION, the LAB MANUAL TO ACCOMPANY INTRODUCTORY HORTICULTURE contains a variety of exercises to help students retain and apply key concepts and information presented in the book. Labs are organized by book sections, and this edition features new exercises related to tomato grafting, designing gardens, the safe operation of power equipment, and utilizing apps as horticultural tools.

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305491663
Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero®, is a flexible, online system that allows you to import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.


Lab Manual

ISBN: 9781285424750
Featuring new exercises related to tomato grafting, designing gardens, the safe operation of power equipment, and utilizing apps as horticultural tools, the NINTH EDITION of the LAB MANUAL TO ACCOMPANY INTRODUCTORY HORTICULTURE contains a variety of hands-on activities to help you retain and apply key concepts and information presented in the text.