| B. Rosie Lerner
Purdue Offers Plant Propagation CD
for Home Gardeners
If you're a gardener interested in propagating your own garden and landscape
plants, Purdue has just the tool for you. Purdue University's "Plant Propagation"
CD-ROM is kind of like a well-illustrated book AND a hands-on class --
In "Plant Propagation," you can read about each technique and
immediately see how it's done. There are 52 videos and hundreds of photos,
animations, and graphics that show everything from the simplest planting
of a seed to the complexities of grafting. In each section, whether it's
basic botany, seed germination, cuttings, divisions, layering, or grafting,
"Plant Propagation" gives home gardeners all the information they need
to propagate plants successfully.
Need the definition of a propagation term? Check out the GLOSSARY, complete
with pronunciation of the more unusual words. Not sure where to order
grafting supplies? The REFERENCE section lists sources. Need a review
of some plant science basics? You'll find information on roots, stems,
and leaves, rooting media, growth hormones, and more in this BASICS introductory
section. In addition, there are 32 quizzes in the TEST YOURSELF section,
many with interactive graphics offering a fun way for a hands-on test
of your knowledge
What makes the CD even better
than a class is that the lectures and illustrations are all there at your
fingertips, ready for you to learn something new or review a technique
at your own pace. The ability to use videos, animations and photos allows
the camera or the artist to zoom in for a close-up. And, better than a
conventional book index, the CD is fully searchable, so you can find just
exactly the page you're looking for.
So whether you're the green
thumb of the family or you're shopping for the perfect gift for a gardening
loved one, Purdue's "Plant Propagation" CD may be just what you're looking
for. "Plant Propagation" (item number CD-HO-3) is available for $40 from
Purdue Extension's online Education Store at http://www.extension.purdue.edu/new/.
Or, call 1-888-EXT-INFO or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Still not sure? You can
preview a sample chapter online at http://www.hort.purdue.edu/plantprop/WebVersion/Intro.html.