George E. Brown (1917-1980) earned his diploma in horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He returned to Kew in 1956 as an assistant curator. A founding member of the Arboricultural Association, he soon became a recognized authority on trees and shrubs. Tony Kirkham is the Head of the Arboretum and Horticultural Services at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, where he cares for and develops 10,000 woody trees in the collection. Tony began working with trees as a forestry apprentice in Surrey, and then as a commercial tree surgeon in West Germany. He earned a diploma in horticulture from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and then proceeded to spend the next 30 years of his life working at the gardens. Now he lectures internationally, runs workshops, and publishes papers on a wide range of subjects. He has taken numerous plant-collecting trips across Asia, and many trees now growing in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew originated from seeds obtained on those trips. In his spare time, Tony enjoys fly fishing and hunting. He is married with two children and lives in London.
This thoughtful and timely revision ensures that a new generation of tree and shrub enthusiasts will trust and respect "George's book" as the essential pruning guide. -- Andi Clevely Garden (Peterborough) 19691231 Good pruning is known both as an art and a science, and this book helps the gardener accomplish both. -- Joanne S. Carpender National Gardener 20040305 This new edition has been spruced up with color photographs, and it contains a good bit of current advice on the science of aboriculture. [It is] a fascinating and informative survey of the symbiotic relationship between the plants nature has but on the earth and the methods humans have developed to enhance and maintain many of these plants. -- Jean S. Wexler Vineyard Gazette 20040326 This is a very useful book, especially during this season when many trees and shrubs do need pruning. -- Patricia A. Taylor Trenton Times 20040425 George E. Brown's classic 1972 work has been extensively revised and updated by Kew expert Tony Kirkham, who describes fundamental changes in approach, such as "target" pruning, withholding wound sealant and pruning in ways that combat pests and diseases. -- Peter Surridge Journal (Newcastle) 20040609 For the definitive answer on how, when and what to prune. Daily Mirror 20040313 First published in 1972 and now thoroughly revised and substantially expanded, this classic work continues to be trusted and respected as an essential guide to pruning, incorporating major advances in the science of arboriculture. Best of British 20040309 The authors explain the basic principles of pruning and offer insights into why we cut trees and how to care for them, and handle specific situations such as lightning strikes, wind, cavitites and wounds, crown reduction, training and other general pruning topics. -- Joel M. Lerner Washington Post 20040424 Quite simply, the book on pruning. -- John E. Bryan Gardening Newsletter 20040424 Excellent updated edition full of color photos and 'how-to' drawings. -- Dale Langford Rocky Mountain News 20040626 This recent edition includes all the latest in theory and technique. -- Marge Howard-Jones California Garden 20040916 I can almost guarantee this volume will change your philosophy on pruning. Heather Club of the Redwoods 20040816 This easy-to-use reference is more practical than ever for both professinals and amateurs. Michigan Gardener 20040816 Contains the most current information to serve as a complete pruning guide. Country Accents 20041014 It's a classic. -- Petra McLean Plant Master 20041021 Like any good textbook, Kirkham's revision of Brown's 1972 text on pruning is one the student will keep and refer to repeatedly as an easy to use reference. -- Linda J. Brewer College of Agricultural Science 20041216 This book is masterfully written and is a 'sophisticated' treatise on an important subject. -- George Graine Virginia Master Gardeners Association Report 20050109 For those wondering what to do with an overgrown azalea, camellia or oak, this is the guide. Lawrence Looks at Books 20040801 Thanks to the meticulous work and effort made by the author originally and in the last revision, useful information, particularly regarding each species, can be found in this book. -- Francesco Ferrini Advances in Horticultural Science 20040303 [This] has to be the definitive guide and a must-have book for all enthusiastic gardeners and professional horticulturists. -- David Burns Kew 20040425 This revised edition continues to be a reliable learning text for those wielding cutting tools intended to assist nature in her work. -- James H. Flynn Jr. American Reference Books Annual 20050511 Kirkham's revision is one the student will keep and refer to repeatedly as an easy to use reference. Well organized and lavishly illustrated. -- Linda J. Brewer National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Journal 20050306