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Florida Landscape Plants: Native and Exotic Second Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0813028385
ISBN-10: 0813028388
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A modernized and expanded version of the standard landscape plant manual in the lower South for 30 years. -- Florida Coast Living Magazine

Everything you need to easily identify and cultivate ornamental plants in Florida and the Gulf region. -- Florida Coast Living Magazine

One of the best housewarming gifts you could give to yourself or a friend new to Florida. -- Sarasota Herald-Tribune, April 32, 2006

Still a must-have guide to basic information on more than 400 plants. -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 7/22/05

This is the bible of Florida plants. -- Palm Beach Post, 8/14/2005

Thoughtfully assembled. -- Naples Daily News, 9/30/2005

About the Author

John V. Watkins, former professor of environmental horticulture, devoted his professional life to teaching courses in landscape horticulture at the University of Florida.
 
Thomas J. Sheehan is professor emeritus with the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida.
 
Robert J. Black is professor emeritus with the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; Second Edition edition (June 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813028388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813028385
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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85 of 87 people found the following review helpful By JTB on April 18, 2000
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This is a worthwhile book for a number of reasons, however, it has one major omission. The positive factors: 1) Excellent plant descriptions including details like salt tolerance level; 2) wonderful (and most appreciated) treatment of botanic names by giving the pronunciation and derivation of the Latin words (Thanks!). The omission concerns color photographs of the plants discussed. The publisher included a few color pages of plant drawings which are mostly useless and confusing. A good garden book needs to have extensive color photographs. I am sure that the author would agree!!
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This is the text book used to teach horticulture classes and plant identification at the University of Florida. All Horticulture graduates and Landscape Architecture graduates at UF have studied from this book. Dr.s Watkins and Sheehan have put more than 5 decades of combined Florida horticultural expertise into this book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Reader from Yellow River on December 31, 2005
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FLORIDA LANDSCAPE PLANTS lists native and non-native plants growable in the northern, central or southern parts of the state. It's an updated version of the late Professor John V Watkins' book. Professor Watkins taught landscape horticulture at the University of Florida. But he was well known outside the campus, for his gardening- and landscape-related radio series and writings published as books and magazine articles.

Professors Thomas J Sheehan and Robert J Black fill the empty space left with Professor Watkins' death. They've added to and modernized his classic landscape plant manual. Throughout, they've stayed true to Professor Watkins' original mission of writing for an audience of university students, nurserymen, master gardeners, and homeowners of our Gulf states.

Their book is nicely organized for that purpose. There's a listing of over 400 plants. The book closes with a helpful model planting guide, list of invasives, glossary, and an index of common and scientific names.

Their book gives more information and puts in more plants than the original work by Professor Watkins. But their book isn't comprehensive. It's not a case of everything Professor Watkins listed, along with add-ons. In fact, they've left out some "old favorites," partly because some have been called "invasive" by the Florida Exotic Plant Council. In part, too, they wanted the book to fall within the page range known as "popular size."

FLORIDA LANDSCAPE PLANTS is nevertheless very workable, with a lot of clearly illustrated and organized information and with no useless information. Each plant is listed by common name. The scientific name is given below, with the way to say it and the English meaning. There's also a sketch of each plant.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Judith A. Hunt on October 7, 2005
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I purchased this book because it was highly recommended in a Florida Gardening magazine. I am new to Florida recently moving here from the Northeast. I was looking for someway to link plants I see in neighbors' yards with what might work in our spaces.

The only thing I was disappointed in is that the book's pictures are not in color. Colors would help me better link plants I see with what's in the book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Petunia on January 9, 2007
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I bought this book about 10 years ago and it turned into my Florida "Bible". Just about every plant, especially garden plants, is included. On one page you can see all the necessary information that is needed to be a successful Florida gardener.

I loaned it to a friend, a plant "nut", recently transplanted from Pennsylvania. She was trying to grow plants the old northern way, which wasn't working out. Eventually success is growing in her garden.

The book became a Christmas gift and a "Welcome to Florida" gift (and a gift for me, my old book is very worn) this year. Use it and enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CJ on February 8, 2013
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This book has so much to give the reader. It met every question that I had and I had a lot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. E. Stewart on February 13, 2013
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The book contains a lot of useful information on a great many plants such as required soil conditions, salt tolerance, light requirements, how big the plant will get, etc. The plants are grouped by botanical family, which is not particularly useful to the average gardener, but the plants are indexed by common name, so finding a particular species is not too difficult. The book has an excellent glossary, and some good landscaping tips. The only drawback is that the illustrations are black ink drawings; however, the drawings are quite good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on January 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The 1969 edition is illustrated with drawings of the plants. Each gets a page telling the family, type of plant, how to identify it, it's habit of growth, foliage description, flowers, fruits, uses in landscaping, habitat, light requirements, soil requirements, salt tolerance, availability, culture, propagation, and pests. Really quite a thorough book.
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