"The language is straightforward, the concepts well presented, and the information proffered in terms that will make sense to hands-on gardeners." ---Horticulture What happens inside a seed after it is planted? How do plants reproduce and grow? What roles do minerals, air, and light play in the life of a plant? Still the most complete, compact, accessible introduction to the world of botany, this third edition includes dazzling electron microscope photos and even more amazing facts about plants.