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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (September 20, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881925071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881925074
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.1 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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A resurgence of interest in bamboos calls for an expert to help gardeners select appropriate plants for a given setting. Meredith's approach perfectly suits this objective, with engaging personal experience illuminating comprehensive coverage of the subject at hand. The book's attractive format opens the door to the usefulness and beauty of bamboos, presenting a vast range of possibilities to enhance a garden or landscape. And although avid plant lovers have generally overcome a fear of the invasiveness associated with these plants, Meredith addresses the issue with a chapter pointing out landscaping options and maintenance requirements. He also lists bamboos for special situations, so readers can glean which plants might be used to create an evergreen privacy screen, lush grove, or other design ideas that might translate to a private garden. Concluding with an encyclopedic reference that provides particulars on form, color, cultural requirements, and the habits of each species, Meredith's fine resource offers clarity and enlightenment to new and experienced gardeners alike. Alice Joyce
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"Really want to know about bamboo? This is the book to get."—John Van de Water, Newark Star-Ledger, April 7, 2002

More About the Author

Ted Jordan Meredith has written books on viticulture, enology, wine appreciation, garlic, and bamboo. His "Bamboo for Gardens" (Timber Press 2001) was awarded the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries Literature Award and The New York Times Editor's Choice for Best Books for Gardening, and his "The Complete Book of Garlic: A Guide for Gardeners, Growers, and Serious Cooks" (Timber Press 2008) has become the standard reference for garlic enthusiasts. His newest book, "Timber Press Pocket Guide to Bamboos" is a Timber Press best seller.

When a housing development suddenly took away his privacy, Ted became interested in bamboo as a beautiful, rapidly growing, evergreen screen. He quickly became captivated by bamboo in all of its aspects and began to grow, research, and write about bamboo, a diverse plant of some 1400 species that grows in a range from the tropics to above the arctic circle.

A native of Montana, Ted recalls the daring use of fresh garlic in the family kitchen. In later years, as his interest in cooking grew, Ted enthusiastically incorporated garlic into much of his cuisine but initially regarded garlic as a supermarket commodity with little distinction. It was at a farmer's market that he purchased a few heads of a Rocambole garlic, 'Spanish Roja'. Ted realized then that all garlic was not the same, and he never looked back, voraciously exploring a new-found world of hundreds of cultivars in nearly a dozen different horticultural groups.

With his focus on bamboo and garlic, Ted seems to specialize in highly beneficial plants that also carry something of a social stigma. A plant of great beauty, bamboo also plays a major role in landscaping, privacy screens, and the green sustainability movement, but it has a reputation for running where you do not want it. In his bamboo books, Ted shows that once you understand bamboo's growth habits, simple methods will keep it where you want it. Garlic is integral to most of the world's great cuisines and garlic offers a broad spectrum of health benefits, but it can also generate strong and distinctive breath, particularly noticeable by those who do not consume garlic. For this Ted offers the helpful advice that is a mantra among garlic enthusiasts: "If your friends object to your garlic breath, get new friends."

Ted and his wife garden and grow bamboo at their home in Washington state. In addition to writing and photography, Ted enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, and music.

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Ted also does an excellent job explaining the historical and cultural aspects of bamboo.
A. J. Williams
The book is well-written in layman's terms and I would recommend this book to anyone starting out learning about bamboo.
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My husband is a registered LA and has used this book as a resource book for his designs.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Williams on December 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Straight forward practical advice on how to choose the right bamboo for your garden. Sections on choosing either running or clumping bamboo and the differences, site selection, soil requirements, winter protection, maintenance, controlling the spread of bamboo and a gardeners special needs list (cold hardy bamboo, tall hedge, ground covers etc.) are perfect for the beginner grower and a great cross reference for the expert. The book has many beautiful images of bamboo included throughout as well. Ted also does an excellent job explaining the historical and cultural aspects of bamboo. All of your fears about planting bamboo should be relieved after reading this book. Happy gardening!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Cheri Montagu on October 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am a bamboo grower and member of the Northern California Chapter of the American Bamboo Society. I have praised Meredith's book in two articles for the ABS magazine BAMBOO so I might as well do so here. It is really the bible of bamboo cultivation, answering every question-- well just about! As every bamboo grower knows, problems often arise for which one is unprepared-- for instance this season I found slugs living inside my bamboos and eating them from within! But Ted is available to respond to such questions, although he may not thank me for saying so here-- try contacting him first through his publisher. One thing I really like about him is that he is not, in contrast to some bamboo growers who think they know one's own environment better than one knows it oneself, dogmatic. He is very open-minded and thoughtful, listening carefully to what one says and responding in a balanced fashion. However, I must say that his book is not exactly a good guide to the first-time bamboo grower. There are so many facts that one tends to read it and then forget them until one runs into problems later. It is best kept as a reference book, although I highly recommend looking through his discussion of the various species before one decides to buy a bamboo. This is a book for serious bamboo growers, not people who think of bamboo as a mere hedge around their yard, but those who seek a gorgeous centerpiece to their garden which may eventually grow to be seventy feet tall with stalks which are several inches in diameter.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Bess on December 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Attracted to the look of bamboo but nervous about planting it in your yard? Then buy this book! It tells you everything you need to know and will convert you to the beauty and mystery of bamboo forever.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ares on May 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book on bamboo. It is detailed and thorough. It is ten times better than "The Temperate Guide to Growing Bamboos" by Bell, which is just an awful book on the subject. This book is the opposite. Worth every penny and will be a valuable resource for me throughout the years ahead. The author covers just about every aspect of growing bamboo, botony of bamboo and harvesting bamboo. It didn't get 5 stars because it lacks more study on container plants, but where it did lack it more than made up for it in other areas. A great book that is a must have. You should definitely buy this book. If you buy any book on bamboo, you should make this a definite buy. You won't regret it.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Breck Breckenridge on April 22, 2005
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I was not expecting this book to be what it turned out to be. I had hoped it might be another Hardy Bamboos ala Whittaker. But it is certainly not that. But now after having read it I am glad it is what it is, that being a very useful, fact-filled compendium and quasi-encyclopoedia on the bamboos.

Ted has done his homework. He has read thoroughly the recent literature, esp. Lynn Clark's work at Iowa. His botanical erudition was surprising and welcome. I know more now about bamboo's physiology than I ever thought I'd wanted to know! There are not alot of photos. Certainly nothing like Whittaker's photo selection which includes shots of just about every bamboo covered. Nor are his species descriptions anything like the comprehensive and often highly personal accounts of Whittaker. So don't buy this book for a guide to the specific bamboos. It is more useful for the bambusaphile and botanist and ardent plantsman who wants to really get down and know bamboos inside and out. If that is the order of the day, then this is a great book.

But I am still in love with Hardy Bamboos: Taming the Dragon!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gregory K. Howell on September 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book has great, crisp, clear, modern looking pictures that are excellent. It is a good book for taxonomy and identification, but has almost nothing about construction techniques, projects to make, etc. Definitely worth the price, but if you are looking to make things from bamboo, this is not the book for you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ralph J. Evans on March 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This starts as a practical solution to a problem. A developer cut down the forest. The author lost his visual privacy. He set out to learn how to grow bamboo. His detailed understanding of what he learned in the process is invaluable to all who consider appreciation of this amazing grass.
If you only want one book on bamboo this is It!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul W. Pearson on July 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Since I became interested in growing bamboo several years ago, I have reviewed every book I could find on the subject. None compare with Mr. Meredith's book. It is very conprehensive, easy and interesting to read, and the only book one needs on the subject whether he/she is a novice who wants to grow a few plants in the backyard, or a person who has a historical or scientific interest in bamboo. It also has many full color photos and illustrations.

In summary, it is a complete, easy to understand and interesting book on the subject of bamboo. One could not ask for more on the subject.
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