Growing plants indoors provides people with a welcome contrast from the pressures imposed on them by modern society, according to Dr. Dennis B. McConnelle, noted house-plant expert, teacher and researcher at the university of Florida.

observing the natural rhythms of plant growth[WORD ILLEGIBLE] Aware of the cyclic patterns of nature and[WORD ILLEGIBLE] feeling of harmony, he says.

McConnell is the author of a very good new book on house plants. the Indoor Gardener's Companion[WORD ILLEGIBLE] Color illustrated guide to the selection[WORD ILLEGIBLE] of house plants," published by Van[WORD ILLEGIBLE] Remhold 256 pages beautifully illustrated.[WORD ILLEGIBLE] It is easy to read and understand.

Natural care for over 300 plants is outlined in[WORD ILLEGIBLE] light, temperature, water, fertilizer and soil requirements.

Almost anyone with this book can determine which plants are suitable for their particular environment and how to take care of them successfully,[WORD ILLEGIBLE] make the difference between success and frustration.

"Worldwide I have found that people are growing more plants both indoors and outdoors, in[WORD ILLEGIBLE] Houses such as cold frames and window[WORD ILLEGIBLE] gardens, as well as in full-sized greenhouses," says John H. Pierce, an expert in nursery production and landscape design, and for 20 years a community college instructor in botany and horticulture.

Pierce is the author of another good new book. "Greenhouse Grow How," a reference book with with over 400 illustrations in color and black and white. Published by Plants Alive Books, Seattle, Wash., 240 pages $19.95.

The book covers most aspects of greenhouse gardening. Where to put your greenhouse, how to build[WORDS ILLEGIBLE] one all about dheating, cooling and ventilating how to use your greenhouse so that you have a continual array of colorful blooms all year round, and how to turn your greenhouse into a beautiful indoor garden.

In the past, landscaping was commonly regarded in one of two ways as a luxury for the wealthy, or as[WORD ILLEGIBLE] for making mediocre architecture.

In its purest and most modern sense, however, Landscaping represents a major defense against monotonous building styles, sprawling, unplanned suburban neighborhoods, inner-city decay and destruction of land through misuse, according to Jack E. Ingels, who coordinates the campus-landscaping program at the State University of New York Agricultural and Technical College at Cobleskill.

Ingels is also the author of a very good new book. "Landscaping Principles and Practices," published by Van Nostrand Reinhold, 210 pages, well illustrated, $10.95.

In his book, he sets out the basic ideas behind landscape design, construction, and maintenance. He tells how professionals plan a well-balanced landscape in harmony with its surroundings, and how they coordinate the "outdoor room" with the public, private and utilitarian sections of each house.

Ways to choose the best trees, shrubs, flowers and ground cover to meet different landscaping needs are clearly explained, with comprehensive charts that make it easy to see which trees and shrubs are hardiest for each region of the country.

He details the proper times and techniques for pruning and how to protect plants against winter injury. He also shows how to design shrub bed arrangements to reduce the time and expense of maintenance. CAPTION: Illustration,[WORDS ILLEGIBLE]