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Timber Press Pocket Guide to Bamboosby Ted Jordan Meredith
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There are around 1400 species of bamboo spread throughout the world's temperate, tropical, and subtropical regions. They grow from sea level to high mountainous regions and can be successfully grown in a range of climates, from coastal California to Minnesota, New England, the British Isles, and continental Europe. Versatile bamboos are both ornamental — they have striking foliage and come in variety of colors and patterns — and practical for providing screening and privacy and controlling erosion. They also play an important role in modern society: As a rapidly renewable resource, bamboos are an environmentally conscious solution for homes, gardens, construction, and manufacturing.
The Timber Press Pocket Guide to Bamboos covers 35 genera of bamboos in cultivation and describes more than 300 species and cultivars. Each entry includes the plant's maximum height, maximum culm diameter, light requirements, and minimum temperature tolerated. Includes 300 color photographs for easy identification. Packed with all the authority of an encyclopedia in a pocket-size format, the Timber Press Pocket Guide to Bamboos is a perfect reference for taking to the nursery or garden center.
Book News Annotation:
Among the many books Meredith has written is Bamboo for Gardens (Timber Press 2001). Here he summarizes the more extensive information there, but includes some 200 new color photographs to help readers either identify what they are looking at or name what they are looking for. His introduction discusses the wide range of bamboo types and perhaps even wider range of uses for them; following is a list of species and varieties by specific purposes and locations. The core of the reference is a listing of over 300 species and varieties alphabetically by scientific name. Entries include common names, dimensions of the mature plant or cluster, light and zone requirements, and a description of its features and potential uses. Other sections are nursery sources, a glossary without pronunciation guides, a list for further reading, and an index. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Ted Jordan Meredith has long been fascinated by garlic, and over the years has grown and investigated literally hundreds of cultivars in nearly a dozen horticultural groups. His previous book, Bamboo for Gardens, was awarded The New York Times Editor's Choice for Best Books for gardening.
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