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Florida's Best Native Landscape Plants: 200 Readily Available Species for Homeowners and Professionals Paperback – December 16, 2003


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (December 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081302644X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813026442
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.7 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautifully illustrated, well-written. -- Florida Monthly, June 2005

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Karl J. Hallsten on October 10, 2005
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As a Northern imigrant gardener to the South Florida eco-system I have found Nelson's "Florida's Best Native Landscape Plants" a useful place to meet and get to know the Florida Natives for the following reasons.
1. He has narrowed the list to 200 of the most useful plants in Landscaping.
2. It is a reference book rather than a text book--using a useful format to describe each plant. The inclusion of a category for companion plants is very helpful in getting the right plant in the right place.
3. He presents a useful summary of the wisdom of using native plants--A point that seems so obvious to me but most imigrant gardeners and almost all plant suppliers and nursuries resist.
4. The layout of devoting 2 facing pages to each plant and including a close up view, a mid-range view and a full plant photo along with very well done illustrations is unique and very helpful.
What would I have liked that isn't there?
1. Foremost the biggest shortcoming is not providing a common name index. I support his decision to arrange by botanical name, and to include common name--but in this day of easily assembled indexing I find it a major shortcoming not to have included the common name index. The result is I need another book to find many of the plants--It is a combersome way to meet the natives--usually introduced by common or nick names. Apart from this shortcoming I would rate it a shiny five star.
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2. Most of the pictures appear to be taken in a non-homescape or landscape setting and many are not of professional quality
2. The format did not include or really allow space for more information on how to care for and use the plant.
I find it a useful but insufficient guide to "meeting the Florida natives."
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 25, 2007
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Pictures are great and info is good too. My main complaint is the the book and index is arranged alphabetical by botanical name and not common name. There is no common name index or cross reference either. It does give common names on the individual pages, so you might find what you are looking for by browsing the 411 pages. I fail to see how this is homowner freindly unless you are a homeowner that happens to have have a degree in hortoculture.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 3, 2004
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Florida residents and visitors to the state who want to embark on gardening projects for relatives will find Gil Nelson's Florida's Best Native Landscape Plants will provide them with a fine and knowledgeable overview of native plants available to the Florida gardener. Here is a horticultural treasure trove of choices, providing technical details on the design, maintenance, and use of a wide range of readily available native plants. The notes on companion plants are especially valuable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. G. Mattocks on July 20, 2008
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There are so many things I love about this book. Number one, the author is extremely qualified and professional in approach. I hate books whose authors pull their "suggestions" out of thin air and base their "knowledge" on circumstantial and subjective evidence. The plants are described by natural habitat, leaf, flower, fruit and bark, which is very helpful in identification. It also gives one a more rounded view of the plant throughout our Florida seasons where the changes aren't as dramatic as "up north" and the delicate nuisances of each plant are important in planning a natural Florida-scape. There are three to four pictures of each plant and practical suggestions as to where the plants can be used in our increasingly urban settings. I'd have to agree, though, that the most useful and educational aspect of the book is the 'companion plants' section for each plant. I also would like to refute the complaint that the title claims to be a "homeowners handbook". The title states that the species have been chosen for there ready availability to homeowners i.e. they can be easily purchased from nurseries.
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