THE HOUSE PLANT EX­PERT

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Books Special - by Dr DG Hes­sayon (Transworld Pub­lish­ers Ltd, 1980)

A botanist and soil sci­en­tist, Dr Hes­sayon was work­ing for Baby Bio when he dreamed up the Ex­pert se­ries and promptly be­came the best sell­ing non-fic­tion au­thor in the world. Since 1960 this one has sold an amaz­ing 15 mil­lion copies. Ba­sic yet bril­liant there are just sim­ple draw­ings, charts and con­cise words lack­ing in any fluff what­so­ever. The Guardian de­scribed the look as ‘1980s East Ger­man tourist brochure but with­out the ex­u­ber­ance’. But the raw in­for­ma­tion is there at your fin­ger­tips, they were the YouTube how-to videos of their day and early on in my ca­reer were al­ways my first point of ref­er­ence.

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