There is an excellent book available which may just fit the bill for you.
It's Botany for Gardeners: An Introduction and Guide, by Brian Capon.
Capon is botanist recently retired from Cal State University at Los
Angeles, and he does a nice job of bridging the gap between a college text
and gardening book. I've used this book as a text for an elementary
teacher institute on plant science- it is detailed, but makes few
assumptions about the reader's background, and uses examples that relate
to common experience rather than primarily to lab research. It's
available from Timber Press (1-800-327-5680) for about $18, but came out
in 1990 so may be in your public library, as well. Good luck!
Char A. Bezanson (bezanson at stolaf.edu)
School Nature Area Project
St. Olaf College
Northfield, MN 55057
On 26 Feb 1996, Kathleen Greco wrote:
> My fifth grade daughter is doing her science project on the differences
> between growing plants with tap water, sugar water and milk. We've done
> our best to control all other variables - light, temperature, potting
> medium, timing, plant variety. The experiment is going fine - the
> problem we're having is finding suitable resources for her background
> research. The books we've found that were written for the average
> gardner aren't specific enough about what a plant needs (or doesn't need)
> to grow. On the other hand, a few articles we've found on the 'net were
> so detailed we couldn't make heads or tails out of them. Can anyone help
> supply the kind of information we're looking for?
> KATHLEEN GRECO RFMK45A at prodigy.com>>>>