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Horticulture prof publishes textbook
Learning About Plants

Tarleton State University

Thursday, October 11, 2012

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton professor of horticulture Dr. Michael Wade recently published his first textbook, Learning About Plants: A Quick Reference in Pictures.

The 84-page textbook (ISBN: 978-1-59871-550-7) was published by Fountainhead Press and contains more than 460 full-color photographs of plants, their seeds and fruit, and flowers, covering a variety of species from tropical angiosperms to the native plants of Texas.

Wade, who joined the Tarleton faculty in 1973, received his Ph.D. in horticulture from Kansas State University. He teaches courses in horticulture and landscape design within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Science’s Department of Ag and Environmental Management.

“This book was written to give a basic understanding of the relationships between various types of plants,” said Wade. “Many homeowners and students have a desire to learn these fundamentals in an easy to understand format.”

Learning About Plants: A Quick Reference in Pictures is being used in Wade’s courses during the fall 2012 semester, including sections of Principals of Horticulture, Horticulture Design, and Landscaping With Native Plants.

The author traveled to Florida, New Hampshire, Hawaii and all across Texas to gather images for the book—a task Wade says was the most difficult aspect of publishing his first textbook. “My goal was to make the book a quick reference guide with photos to help students have a good understanding of the different types of plants that we cover in my course. The book is a mini encyclopedia and covers a wide variety of families,” he said.


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Kurt Mogonye

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