Succulent Paradise: Twelve Great Gardens of the World

Succulent Paradise: Twelve Great Gardens of the World


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Succulent Paradise: Twelve Great Gardens of the World by Gideon Smith, Estrela Figueiredo

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781431700905
Publisher: Random House Struik
Publication date: 03/29/2014
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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.

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