Succulent Paradise: Twelve Great Gardens of the World

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Most botanical gardens include succulents in their collections; few are devoted solely to them. In Succulent Paradise, the reader is taken on a verbal and visual tour of 12 exceptional succulent gardens.

See how a handful of landscaping and horticultural visionaries have juxtaposed indigenous and exotic plants with a blend of natural and created landscaping elements. Experience the impact and style of gardens in locations as diverse as steeply terraced Mediterranean cliffs, ...

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Overview

Most botanical gardens include succulents in their collections; few are devoted solely to them. In Succulent Paradise, the reader is taken on a verbal and visual tour of 12 exceptional succulent gardens.

See how a handful of landscaping and horticultural visionaries have juxtaposed indigenous and exotic plants with a blend of natural and created landscaping elements. Experience the impact and style of gardens in locations as diverse as steeply terraced Mediterranean cliffs, dusty Karoo plains, Mexico City’s metropolis, California’s canyons, and the red desert of Arizona. The authors have visited gardens around the world dedicated to the display, cultivation and propagation of succulent plants.

In Succulent Paradise, they have expressed their love of these tenacious, yet surprisingly glamorous, plants as well as appreciation for those whose vision and persistence has created abundance, promoted conservation, and left a legacy for future generations. This book features 12 of the world's top succulent gardens on three continents (Africa, Europe, Americas). Stunning photography captures the spirit of each garden. Accurate species identification makes this more than just another gardening book.

South Africa
Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden, Worcester, Western Cape
Obesa Gardens, Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape

France
Eze Botanical Garden (Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze), Cote d'Azur
Jardin Botanique Les Cedres, Cote d'Azur

Monaco
Jardin Exotique de Monaco, Cote d'Azur

Italy
The Hanbury Garden at La Mortola, Ligurian Riviera

Switzerland
Sukkulenten-Sammlung, Zurich

United States
Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, Arizona
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
The Huntington Desert Garden, San Marino, California
The Ruth Bancroft Garden, Walnut Creek, California

Mexico
Jardin Botanico del Instituto de Biologia de la UNAM, Mexico City

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781431700905
  • Publisher: Intl Pub Marketing
  • Publication date: 3/15/2014
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

GIDEON SMITH is Chief Director: Biosystematics Research and Biodiversity Collections at the SA National Biodiversity Institute. He is involved in various national and international environmental associations and advisory committees. His interests are in the biology and classification of succulent plants, as well as landscaping and horticulture. South Africa’s most prolific author on succulent plants, he has authored or co-authored ±40 books, and more than 500 research and popular papers, mostly on succulents.

Dr. ESTRELA FIGUEIREDO is a research associate at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth and the University of Coimbra in Portugal. Her interests are in the African flora, plant classification, sustainable gardening, and landscaping. She has authored or co-authored books on aloes, ferns and Angolan flora.

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