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I agree that there is not much helpful information provided in FLORA, but I've enjoyed countless hours learning about so many plants, etc. I'd never heard of. Although he's probably heard it, I'll mention to Sean the next time I see him that something more "in depth" in a revision or addition would be much appreciated. He's a great person and well liked here in Portland. I was fortunate to meet him through friends and was able to get his help is saving a treasured family heirloom euphorbia.
I bought this book on line without ever seeing it first. I believed for the price, it would be the answer to all my gardening prayers. I was extremely surprised and disapointed that although the book covers a lot of plants (over 20,000), the information about each plant is limited. For example, the book doesn't even mention which annuals self seed. The CD is okay because it has a garden journal which allows you to put in where you purchased a plant, what the cost of the plant was, how successful the plant grew, what mistakes if any were made while growing the plant and a comment section regarding the plant. The bad thing about the CD is that it doesn't allow you to get too wordy and it limits your text. I would have rated this negative, but I suppose if someone wanted an encyclopedia that lists just about every plant you could ever possibly imagine without very much information on the plant itself, it might be okay. Frankly, you're better off investing the money for a membership renewal at Dave's then spending the 100.00 for this book as you will certainly learn more here than the encyclopedia and you can journal here at DG without limitations. Also, the quality of the book was cheap and the paper is not of good quality.