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A Handbook of Herbs                                                                                                     

By Richard Marshall and Charles J. Ziga

Barnes and Noble 

80 pages

While not a “how to plant, care for and grow” sort of book, for a brief discussion of the “culinary, medicinal and aromatic uses” of some thirty herbs, this is satisfactory.  (Available through Amazon Books – 2 palms)

Hardy Gingers                                                                                                                              

By T.M.E. Branney                                                                                                                 

Timber Press                                                                                                                                 

267 Pages

On the whole, this is a bit too much like a college “reading list” text book.  But, I admit, it does have a certain valuable depth of content regarding Gingers.  Understanding the mechanics and printing costs of doing it differently, the four-color pictures, located in the central portion of the book, would have been of more value if accompanying the information relative thereto.  (Available through Amazon Books – 2 palms)

Ornamental Palm Horticulture                                                                                                  

By Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Merrow                                                                 

University Press of Florida                                                                                                                  

256 pages

Perhaps this one is better for the more advanced gardener/botanist/biologist.  The good information it contains gets lost in the clutter of so very much scientifically presented data, foot noted charts, long lists of “literature cited” and not very effective black and white pictures.  The color ones are glumped together in the very last portion of the book.  (Available through Amazon Books – 2 palms)

The Living Cycads                                                                                                                       

By Charles Joseph Chamberlain

Hafner Publishing   

172 pages

Originally published in 1919 – no, that’s not a typo – my edition is from 1964.  It is, perhaps, as much of a historic accounting as an identification guide (which might be a bit dated!).  It makes for somewhat interesting reading but probably not necessarily on your “gotta’ have’ list.  I was quite surprised to see it could still be ordered and ranked so high by Amazon Books!  (Available through Amazon Books – 2 palms)

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By Pam Baggett                                                                                                                             

Timber Press                                                                                                                                         

208 pages

This does not include information about palm trees but rather plants such as cannas, bananas, bulrush and coleus.  Like has been noted of some other books, this is a fine one to get but not one of your tropical plant/garden mainstays.  (Available through Amazon Books – 2 palms)