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Betrocks Guide to Landscape Palms

By Alan W. Meerow

Betrock Information Systems

153 pages

This was my first palm book, and I’d recommend it as possibly yours! It is a good and basic one for those truly interested in palms. While not in depth like works by Riffle, Craft or Whistler, it is, nonetheless, an easy to read, solid primer with short, concise – but pertinent – information on a solid number of palm varieties. (Available through Amazon Books – 4 palms)

Bromeliads (for the Contemporary Garden)

By Andrew Steens

Timber Press

198 pages

While, for my eyes, the print is a bit difficult to read in dim light, of my publications on Bromeliads, this would be my favorite. He uses lots of pictures to effectively identify species as well as to effectively make and explain his points. (Available through Amazon Books – 4 palms)

Cacti and Succulents (An illustrated guide to the plants and their cultivation)

By Graham Charles

The Crowood Press

192 pages

Its title says it all and I think it does a rather fine job. Both pictures and information are ranked as quite good with it being very similar in value and use to the following. (Available through Amazon Books – 4 palms)

Growing Palm Trees in Hawaii, (And Other Tropical Climates)

By David Leaser

Mutual Publishing

128 pages

There is little that’s not good about learning more about Hawaii and its plants! This, accordingly, while a bit too scant on copy, it is a very good identification guide. (Available through Amazon Books – 4 palms)

Hardy Palms and Palm-like Plants

By Martyn Graham

Guild of Master Craftsman Publications

172 pages

Now this – almost as good as Betrocks Guide to Landscape Palms – is laid out in a manner that is easy to understand and follow, particularly in the plant directory. . . . its best section from my perspective. (Available through Amazon Books – 4 palms)

Tropical & Garden Flower Identification

By Graeme Teague

18 Rabbit Press

238 pages

Though a bit confusing in organization and layout, Teague’s writing style is easy to understand . . .  a few grammatical and punctuation errors notwithstanding.  The plant warnings in red are a nice touch.   For the most part, the pictures – an amalgam of insets, overlays, “full page bleeds” and conventional shots – complement the copy, though blank space such as on the Angel’s Trumpet Tree page – seems a bit of wasted space.  (Available through Amazon Books – 4 palms)

Tropical Plants (Handy Pocket Guide)

By Elisabeth Chan


64 pages

This reminds me somewhat of one of those small, compact, Roger Tory Peterson bird identification books. And, in fact, it could well be employed in a similar manner taken on your “field trips”! It is well presented and equally well laid out. A nice, small book. (Available through Amazon Books – 4 palms)