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The gardener's guide to growing temperate bamboos
Bell, Michael, 1939-
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Publication Information:
Newton Abbot, Devon : David & Charles ; Portland, Or. : Timber Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
159 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm
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SB413.B2 B46 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A complete and practical guide to growing and collecting these architectural evergreen plants and using them to stunning effect in the garden.

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Choice Review

Although bamboos are mainly tropical and constitute most of the "woody" grasses, there is a wide range of species and varieties that are either native to temperate areas or else come from cool areas of tropical mountains and will grow in the temperate zone. Bamboos are unique and beautiful plants, well deserving of a book like this, dedicated to showcasing the temperate bamboos, describing their structure, listing their names, and describing how to grow and propagate them. Because Bell (president, UK Bamboo Society) is British, the book is more geared to a British and European audience, but it will be useful to US growers as well. There are many fine color photos and composite plates scattered through the book, but they are not specifically cross-referenced to the "A to Z" name list, and the descriptions alone are often insufficient to be informative to nonspecialists. Nonetheless, highly recommended for mainstream outdoor gardeners in the US for its beautiful presentation, very reasonable price, and significant contribution to an underused horticultural plant group. General readers; researchers and faculty; professionals and practitioners. P. E. Berry; University of Wisconsin--Madison

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
1. The World of Bamboosp. 11
2. Botanyp. 31
3. Cultivationp. 47
4. Propagationp. 60
5. Bamboos in the Gardenp. 69
6. An A-Z of Bamboosp. 81
7. People and their Gardensp. 139
1 Glossaryp. 147
2 Bamboos for Special Purposesp. 149
3 Where to See Bamboosp. 150
4 Where to Buy Bamboosp. 152
5 Bamboo Societiesp. 153
6 Reading about Bamboosp. 154
7 Bamboo Synonymsp. 155
Indexp. 156
Acknowledgementsp. 159