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Introductory Horticulture, 9th Edition

  • Carroll L. Shry, Jr.
  • H. Edward Reiley
  • ISBN-10: 1285424727
  • ISBN-13: 9781285424729
  • 800 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2007, 2002
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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About the Product

Written for high school introduction to horticulture, agriculture, or plant science courses, INTRODUCTORY HORTICULTURE, 9e, is a broad-based, first-level text that explores the basic principles of horticulture and methods of practical application. It offers varied multisensory applications — including group, crew, and individual -- and a hands-on approach in the modalities of learning, providing myriad avenues for students to experiment with the green industry. The Ninth Edition emphasizes organic and sustainable farming methods, introduces students to new and emerging technology, and focuses on organizations and career development paths relevant to aspiring horticulturists. In addition to the print format, the text is available through MindTap Agriscience - a customizable, fully digital experience for students and instructors that combines an enhanced ebook, videos, quizzes, and much more.


  • The thoroughly revised section on business operations covers new information on financial opportunities, marketing strategies, responsibilities to employees, current technology, best-practices for business communications, and career development for those interested in pursuing a career in horticulture.

  • VIVID FULL-COLOR DESIGN, IMAGES, AND ILLUSTRATIONS bring the beauty of horticulture to life, engaging students in learning and inspiring them to further explore the horticulture field.

  • LEARNING FEATURES such as Objectives, Key Terms, and Competencies to Develop frame the unit and help students identify key concepts and information. Additionally, end-of-unit Review Questions and Activities encourage students to evaluate and apply what they have learned.

  • An ADDITIONAL RESOURCES list with each unit and ROBUST APPENDICES provide students with valuable reference material as well as a guide to relevant information on specific topics.

  • GREEN TIPS offer practical advice on a wide range of subjects, from recommendations for cultivating plants to eco-friendly and sustainable practices.

  • TRY THIS activities, STUDENT ACTIVITIES, AND SUGGESTED SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE activities in each unit highlight a specific experiment or exercise that enables students to put what they learn into practice.

  • CAUTION notes keep students safe by relaying important information about the hazards associated with utilizing certain tools and equipment, while SAFETY FIRST at the end of each unit reminds students to keep apprised of the latest information from OSHA for occupational health and safety.

  • PROCEDURES combine insightful visuals and step-by-step instructions to demonstrate specific techniques in the cultivation and care of plants.

About the Author

Carroll L. Shry, Jr.

Carroll L. Shry, Jr. retired from Frederick County Schools in 2010 and currently operates Brandywine Landscaping. 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.

H. Edward Reiley

H. Edward Reiley is the retired Director of Vocational Education for the Frederick County Board of Education. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture and a Masters degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Maryland. Mr. Reiley is a member of various professional organizations including the American Vocational Association and the American Rhododendron Society. In his spare time he breeds new varieties of azalea hybrids and rhododendrons and manages a nursery.

Table of Contents

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, Fairy Gardens, and Terrariums.
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: Nut Crops.
Unit 47: Wreaths.
Unit 48: Creating Holiday Centerpieces.
Unit 49: Enhancements and Accessories for Floral Designs.
Unit 50: Floral Designs.
Unit 51: Corsages and Boutonnieres.
Unit 52: Beginning a Horticulture Business.
Unit 53: Financial Operations.
Unit 54: Human Relations.
Unit 55: Business Communications.
Unit 56: Horticulture in the Age of Technology.
Unit 57: Leadership Development in Horticulture.
Appendix A: Scientific and Common Names.
Appendix B: Professional, Educational, and Trade Organizations for Horticulture and Related Areas.
Appendix C: Tools of the Trade.
Appendix D: Deer Resistant Plants.

New to this edition

  • Offering the most up-to-date coverage available, INTRODUCTORY HORTICULTURE, 9e provides thorough research and current data that keep students informed about industry trends. Highlighting the latest technology -- including such cutting-edge tools and equipment as the driverless nursery seeder, the robotic grapevine pruner, drones, and even industry-related apps -- the text demonstrates how technology can be useful for facilitating tasks in the field.
  • The Ninth Edition's emphasis on the use of organics and harnessing natural elements in the environment to cultivate crops and prevent disease encourages eco-friendly and sustainable practices.
  • Current information on the Future Farmers of America (FFA) organization and related activities on leadership development equip students with the tools they need to prepare for their future success.


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

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Companion Web Site  (ISBN-10: 130549170X | ISBN-13: 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-10: 1285424751 | ISBN-13: 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 Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305491661 | ISBN-13: 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.

MindTap Agriscience, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access for Shry/Reiley's Introductory Horticulture  (ISBN-10: 1305411374 | ISBN-13: 9781305411371)

MindTap Agriscience for Shry/Reiley’s Introductory Horticulture, 9th Edition is the digital learning solution that powers students from memorization to mastery. It gives you complete control of your course—to provide engaging content, to challenge every individual, and to build their confidence. Empower students to accelerate their progress with MindTap. MindTap: Powered by You. MindTap gives you complete ownership of your content and learning experience. Tools specifically for your course include engaging assignments, interactivities, games, video, and quizzing. MindTap is logically organized into content- specific sections containing each of these features. Customize the interactive syllabi, emphasize the most important topics, and add your own material or notes in the eBook.

Student Supplements

Lab Manual  (ISBN-10: 1285424751 | ISBN-13: 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.

MindTap Agriscience, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access for Shry/Reiley's Introductory Horticulture  (ISBN-10: 1305411374 | ISBN-13: 9781305411371)

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