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Introduction to Horticultural Science, 2nd Edition

  • Richard N. Arteca
  • ISBN-10: 1111312796
  • ISBN-13: 9781111312794
  • 576 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2006
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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About the Product

Ideal for any introductory course in horticulture science, the Second Edition of INTRODUCTION TO HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE covers everything your students need to know in a comprehensive format that is easy to understand. With topics ranging from gene jockeying to flower arranging, this text provides students with a full appreciation of the wonderful world of horticultural science. Coverage includes critical topics such as fundamental concepts, cutting edge research, careers in horticulture, the relationship between horticulture and the environment, classification of plants, and plant anatomy. Students are also introduced to key concepts including plant propagation, media, nutrients and fertilizers, plants and the environment, plant growth regulators, post harvest physiology and pest management, greenhouse structures, nursery site selection, development and facilities, producing nursery crops, and floral design. Through enhanced visual aids and the inclusion of recent trends in the field, the second edition has been designed to peak student interest and improve student understanding.


  • Comprehensive Coverage. Students are provided with a full appreciation of the wonderful world of horticultural science.

  • Cutting Edge Research. Cutting edge research is presented at a level that is understandable to undergraduate students.

  • Study Aids. Chapter Objectives, Key Terms lists, a comprehensive glossary, and study questions at the end of each chapter are included in order to reinforce key concepts.

About the Author

Richard N. Arteca

Dr. Richard Arteca holds a B.S. in Horticulture and an M.S. in Plant Science from Utah State University, and a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Washington State University. He is Professor of Horticulture at The Pennsylvania State University. In addition to teaching, he has authored and contributed to several books on horticulture science.

Table of Contents

1. The Green Plant, What an Organism.
2. Origin and Domestication of Plants.
3. The Horticulture Industry: An Important Part of Agriculture.
4. Fundamental Steps Leading to Success in a Horticulture Career.
5. The Relationship between Horticulture and the Environment.
6. Classification of Plants and Plant Anatomy.
7. Plant Propagation.
8. Media, Nutrients and Fertilizers.
9. Plants and Environment.
10. Plant Growth Regulators.
11. Post Harvest Physiology.
12. Pest Management.
13. Plant Biotechnology and Genetically Modified Organisms: An Overview.
14. Greenhouse Structures.
15. Growing Crops in the Greenhouse.
16. Producing Nursery Crops.
17. Factors to Consider in Establishing Horticultural Operations.
18. Floral Design.
19. Interiorscaping.
20. Designing Landscapes.
21. Installing Landscapes.
22. Landscape Maintenance.
23. Warm- and Cool Season Turfgrass.
24. Olericulture.
25. Pomology: Fruit and Nut Production.
26. Organic Agriculture.
27. Hydroponics.

New to this edition

  • Updated Content. Two new chapters, Organic Agriculture and Hydroponics, have been added in order to reflect new trends in the field. More information for the home gardener is also included.
  • Enhanced Visual Aids. The second edition is now in full color and includes color graphs, updated tables, and enhanced figures in order to appeal to the visual learner.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 111131280X | ISBN-13: 9781111312800)

The instructor companion website includes slides created in Microsoft Powerpoint® to accompany each chapter along with answers to the end of chapter review questions.