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An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms


by Robert Lee Riffle & Paul Craft 528 pp, 929 colour photos, hardcover
ISBN:  0-88192-558-6
Price:  US $49.95

This book is an essential reference for gardeners, horticulturalists, and palm enthusiasts who wish to include these plants, as well as other tropical landscape specimens, in their gardens.

Approximately 890 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any additional specific requirements.  Also included is history about the plants, ethnobotany and biology, as well as a comprehensive glossary of scientific name pronunciation.

There are more than 900 exquisite photographs complementing the rich text, providing the reader with a first-hand view, as well as practical guidelines for growing these fantastic plants.  Readers will devour the luscious palm selections, showing their varied foliage texture, leaf colour, and habitat size.  Palm enthusiasts will be sure to look at this resource, time and time again for information.


The Well-Tended Perennial
Garden

by Tracy DiSabato-Aust
338 pp, 131 colour photos, hardcover
ISBN:  0-88192-414-8
Price:  US $29.95

The difference between a garden that looks its best a 

for a few brief days and one that delights the eye for weeks and months on end is frequently just a matter of good planning and judicious care. 

The first key to success lies in good site planning and plant selection that emphasizes each plantís strengths.  Following that in importance is learning how and when to prune and shape perennials to produce more flowers. encourage lush new growth, discourage pests, stagger bloom times, and maintain vigorous health.

An extensive encyclopedia of important perennial species and cultivars explains the pruning and maintenance  needs of each plant.  Wonderfully useful appendices offer a month-by-month planting and maintenance schedule for the typical perennial garden.

Palms Wonít Grow Here and other myths


by David  A. Francko
308 pp, 78 colour photos, hardcover
ISBN:  0-88192-575-6
Price:  US 27.95;  CAN $34.95

Francko provides real-world information to help adventurous gardeners grow plants they never dreamed possible.  He touches upon subjects such as finding your gardenís micro-climates, choosing a proper site, and selecting hardy species of plants.  He also offers practical tips such as wrapping the trunks of marginally-hardy trees with burlap and the roots with heat cables, to help give them a boost over a cold winter.

This book pushes the envelope of traditional thinking and introduces a new level of gardening possibility.  It will inspire cool-climate gardeners to think Ďoutside the boxí and experiment with trying new, exotic plants in their gardens - and succeed!

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