I give this book 8.5 out of 10 acorns. First off, this is a lovely book. It's a great book to give to someone who interested in gardening, but not quite ready to take the leap. It's a book to get one excited about gardening. The layout and illustrations are really top notch, and this would would make a lovely coffee table book, so speak. Because it is so beautiful, though, it sometimes sacrifices aesthetics for depth of information. For example, it has a section on edible flowers. Each flower has it's own beautiful page about it. But, there aren't that many flowers listed. They could have put all the the information for all those flowers on one page, and still had room to add more info about other flowers.
This book gives tempting bits of information about all aspects of gardening--fruit tress, vegetable gardening, etc--and even small sections on livestock such goats and chickens and bees. It's enough info to help and tempt the reader into finding more information. It also contains lots of fun little snippets of information, such as about naked gardeners and even permaculture. It has some sample gardens for city, small lot, and 1 acre plots. It's a great book to get one dreaming and thinking about gardening, and that's a beautiful thing!