Gary Lyons Desert Gardens

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Desert Gardens

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An inspirational, photographic tour of eighteen of the world's most beautiful public and private gardens is accompanied by valuable tips on the cacti, succulents, and other native flora suited to arid climates; information on the locations and visiting hours of public gardens; and a comprehensive listing of sources to help gardeners create their own desert wonderlands.

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Melba Levick is a widely published photographer who has over twenty books to her credit, including Rizzoli's Japanese-Style Gardens of the Pacific West Coast, Beach Houses: From Malibu to Laguna, and Casa California: Spanish-Style Houses from Santa Barbara to San Clemente.

Gary Lyons is an internationally recognized drought-tolerant garden designer, scholar, and conservationist. He is the curator of the Desert garden and Desert Plant Collection at the Huntington, a botanic garden consultant to the Los Angeles Zoo, a fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and an author of numerous articles on desert gardens.

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Levick's 100 opulent color photographs capture the beauty of 18 private and public desert gardens in southern California. Among them are the garden in the Los Angeles City Zoo (200 species of cacti and other succulents), the Huntington Desert Garden in San Marino (3,000 species), and the Balboa Park Cactus Gardens in San Diego with hundreds of species. Lyons, a much respected drought-tolerant garden designer, gives an informative history of the desert garden from the 1880s (the "cactus craze" era) to the present, and offers readers a personal tour of all 18. He apologizes for the excessive use of botanical names, explaining that many of the plants are so unusual that common names for them do not exist. This beautiful book also includes a garden directory, giving the addresses and visiting hours of the nine gardens open to the public. George Cohen
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