The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

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The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture is a classic 1915 text on botany, horticulture and gardening written by Liberty Hyde Bailey (born 1858, died 1954).

The full title of the book is The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and the Professional and Commercial Grower, of the Kinds, Characteristics and Methods of Cultivation of the Species of Plants Grown in the Regions of the United States and Canada for Ornament, for Fancy, for Fruit and for Vegetables; with Keys to the Natural Families and Genera, Descriptions of the Horticultural Capabilities of the States and Provinces and Dependent Islands, and Sketches of Eminent Horticulturists.

According to the,
"A highly inclusive reference work covering the conditions, plants and procedures of American gardening and small-scale agriculture. L.H. Bailey was considered the "Dean of American Horticulture", and his work, out of his offices at Cornell University, established American horticulture as the equal or better of that practiced in any other country on earth. Many of the scientific plant names have been revised over the last century, but online resources make it simple to find the current names. Most interesting are the procedures, often described in great detail, for effective gardening in a time before motorized vehicles, easily-available electricity, industrial pesticides and fertilizers and other modern things we now take for granted. This alone makes these volumes of great interest for those pursuing "greener" gardening. All of the editions and forms, from the earliest to the last, are among the best references for idle reading. Open a volume to a random page, and soon enough you will find that your knowledge has been significantly increased."[1]

Public Domain Since Published Prior to 1923

The text is now in the Public domain since the public domain cut-off date is 1923. Anything copyrighted prior to 1923 is in the public domain.[2]

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  1. Summary. Published November 22, 2012. Accessed March 22, 2015.
  2. Ockerbloom, J.M., ed., "Anything copyrighted prior to 1923 is in the public domain.", "How do I find out whether the book is in the public domain?". Accessed March 22, 2015.
  3. "This volume is produced from digital images created through the University of Michigan University Library's preservation reformatting program. The Library seeks to preserve the intellectual content of items in a manner that facilitates and promotes a variety of uses. The digital reformatting process results in an electronic version of the text that can both be accessed online and used to create new print copies. This book and thousands of others can be found in the digital collections of the University of Michigan Library. The University Library also understands and values the utility of print, and makes reprints available through its Scholarly Publishing Office."