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The Garden Succulents Primer Hardcover – September 1, 2008

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“[The authors] help to make sense of what sometimes seems an indigestible and—certainly to northern temperate gardeners—alien group of plants.”

About the Author

Gideon Smith is a well-known authority on succulent plants and author of several books. He is a professor of botany at the University of Pretoria.


Ben-Erik van Wyk is a professor of botany at the Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg, South Africa. His research interest is in systematic botany and plant utilization.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881929549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881929546
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I looked at this book for some time and I will be returning it as "misrepresented."

The subtitle is: HOW TO IDENTIFY AND GROW THE MOST POPULAR DROUGHT-TOLERANT PLANTS. I will be returning this book because it is not good at how to identify plants. I will be returning this book because it is completely ignoring how to grow the plants it shows.

HOW TO GROW. I cannot find even one horticultural tidbit about how to grow even one plant, not even any comment about cold hardiness. I thought maybe the how-to-grow part of the book was not in the actual text, so I checked the appendices - not there either!

TEXT. Speaking of text, the text is rarely more than one short paragraph. The only two exceptions of multiple-paragraph descriptions are bizarre entries for a book about "THE MOST POPULAR DROUGHT-TOLERANT PLANTS." I have never seen these "popular" plants - ever. Misrepresentation again...

IDENTIFICATION. Identification is tough or impossible for many plants. Two reasons: 1) Some plants do not have photos at all! like the Lenophyllum pusillium (sorry for the lack of italics). 2) Other photos show no foliage (only flower)in the image, making identification nigh on impossible unless the plant is flowering.

I find it inexcusable that the author or editor chose not to include any photo for L. pusillium (sic) but instead duplicated a photo of Kalanchoe tomentosa (sic) that was almost the same photo as the first! Not only are they skimping on the promised information, they are condescending to us readers - like we couldn't get it the first time with the K. tomentosa (sic).

I have seen other Timber Press books that are excellent. This one is not worth spending even $.99 plus postage.

I think somebody decided to take photos from Ben-Erik van Wyk and make a book somehow. This effort has failed miserably.
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Let me start by stating that I have never met a plant book (or a cook book, for that matter) that I did not like or admire or find useful on some level. Well I am sorry to report to you that this offering came pretty close to that goal I was not seeking, no, no, no...not one bit!

I have had very good experiences with other Timber Press so I was rather surprised at the quality and usefulness of this book. Now I know that this is a "primer" as indicated in the title, but to be truthful, even that level of expertise supposedly being offered here simply misses the mark!

The text is almost nonexistent and what little information is given is so vague that it is difficult to glean even the slightest bit of information from it. I suppose if you did not have a clue as to what a succulent is, it might give you some inkling, but even that is rather doubtful.

The photographs are subpar, as far as I am concerned and if you desire a book to help in identification...well forget it and seek another publication. As another reviewer has pointed out, some photographs show absolutely no foliage and only the flower, which for those of you who know succulents will know that this information is almost useless...pretty...yes, but of no use what so ever.

As to cultivation and growing...forget it. You would do better sticking to the silly little tag you find stuck to many retail plants...they give more information than you will find here.

You have no idea how it hurts me to give any plant book a one star rating but I fear I must in the case of this work.

On the bright side; and yes folks, there is usually a bright side to most things, I check this one out at the library and did not have to pay a cent for it.
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excellent book for beginners and experienced gardeners who want to have descriptions of these difficult to identify plants
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I found the primer to give very practical advice in a straight forward manner. It was well organized. It did not skip over or assume things that a beginner might not know.
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Excellent book for the do it your self gardener. We like succulents and want to grow a lot of them in our backyard and patio, so this books gives us a lot of practical knowledge and tips.
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A succulent book that will help on find names and understand more about how to garden with these vast drought tolerate varieties described in the book.
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