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The Savage Garden: Cultivating Carnivorous Plants

D'Amato, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0898159156 / ISBN 13: 9780898159158
Published by Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, California, U.S.A., 1998
Condition: Near New Soft cover
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The Savage Garden-Cultivating Carnivorous Plants by Peter D'Amato. Soft cover 314 page book is quite clean, in near new condition, and is signed & inscribed by the author on half title page. NOT AN EX-LIB!. Bookseller Inventory # 23604

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Title: The Savage Garden: Cultivating Carnivorous ...

Publisher: Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, California, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Near New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author

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Just about everyone's familiar with the Venus flytrap...but did you know that there are pitcher plants that can-and do!-digest an entire rat? Or that there are several hundred species of carnivorous plants on our planet? Full-color photographs of the plants at work and play, plus everything you need to know to successfully grow your own Little Shop of Horrors.Awards1999 American Horticultural Society Book Award Winner ReviewsHow to get kids interested in gardening? The San Francisco Chronicle recommends The Savage Garden, "because there's nothing children like better than catching insects and feeding them to their houseplants."


Peter D'Amato has been raising carnivorous plants for three decades, and his nursery, California Carnivores, houses the world's largest collection of flesh-eating flora. There's not much D'Amato doesn't know about growing these oddballs of the plant world, and he imparts his expertise gracefully and with humor in The Savage Garden, which is aimed at curious gardeners who want to grow carnivorous plants both indoors and out. From the ever-fascinating Venus flytrap to the aquatic bladderwort and the rather extravagantly sexual-looking pitcher plant, these exotic plants have a reputation for being difficult to grow, but D'Amato proves otherwise. The necessary water and soil chemistry, proper lighting, and propagation tips are discussed thoroughly along with descriptions and growing tips for many species in each of 11 plant families.

If plants can have personalities, these do--or at least appear to in the hundreds of witty photographs and colored illustrations that show them both at their hungriest and at their most innocuous. This is a stunningly comprehensive guide that will inspire and fascinate even the most squeamish gardener. -- Barrie Trinkle

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