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Hot Garden: Landscape Design for the Desert Southwest Hardcover – May 5, 2009

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Scott Calhoun is the author of The Hot Garden, Yard Full of Sun (which was a 2006 American Horticultural Society Book of the Year), and Chasing Wildflowers, which was a winner of the Garden Writers Association 2008 Silver Award of Achievement. A full time freelancer maintaining a rigorous schedule, Calhoun works as a writer, teacher, and garden designer. His company, Zona Gardens, is located is Tucson, Arizona.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Rio Nuevo; 1st Edition edition (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933855312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933855318
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.8 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,324,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Calhoun is the author of six books about plants, gardens, architecture and food. His first book, Yard Full of Sun, received the 2006 American Horticultural Society Book Award. His second title, Chasing Wildflowers, was awarded the Garden Writers Association 2008 Silver Book Award. Scott is a Contributing Editor to Horticulture magazine, writes a monthly garden column for Sunset magazine, and freelances for numerous print publications including, American Gardener, Fine Gardening, and Wildflower. Based in Tucson, Arizona, Scott lectures and designs gardens across the United States. Catch up with Scott at www.zonagardens.com. To book a speaking engagement visit www.greatgardenspeakers.com/listing/scottcalhoun.

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I live not in the Southwest but on a hot, dry Caribbean island. This book is a great resource for gardening ideas and lists of plants to try, together with lovely pics.
I already grow agaves, yuccas etc. but I liked learning about the drought tolerant flowers I can add to complement these such as desert senna, Mexican poppies, gallardia etc. There is also a a neat section when discussing any plant with edible parts. I wish there were more landscaping idea pics but the focus of the book is a basic how to for gardening in hot, dry climates, and in that repect it excels.
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I have long been a fan of Scott Calhoun's. Indeed, long before I knew whose house it was, I used to drive by Mr. Calhoun's Civano property and take notes on the design. I heartily recommend The Hot Garden to gardeners (or would-be gardeners) who dwell in the desert. My only complaint with this particular title is that in a couple of instances the text refers to non-existent photos. I found this particular aspect annoying since the missing photos were ones I really wanted to see for clarification. Whether this lapse was due to an editorial oversight or space limitation, it should not have slipped through the final edits (speaking as an author myself). Even so, it is a worthwhile read for those new to desert gardening.
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I own over 45 southwest gardening/landscaping books and this is at the top of my favorites list. The photography is great with lots of beautiful full color photo ideas and very useful information for us desert rats of hot Arizona. Love the book and would highly recommend it for anyone in the desert southwest.
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Bought this book to get some ideas how to deal with my Central Florida landscape due to recent droughts over the past few years. We have basically given up on growing grass - so I bought this to get some practical ideas to expand my landscaping and work towards a "xericlandscaping". Although the book has great ideas, pictures, and explanations, I noticed a lot of the suggestions and photos are of professionally maintained parks in the southwest and not necessary real-life homes. The color wheel suggestions are great - but more "practical applications" would have been useful for the average gardener - rather than a museum like park with somewhat overwhelming expectations. Overall - great book, lots of information, and definitely atheistic photographs.
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I am getting to landscape my yard and found Scott Calhoun's insightful, humorous, informative, and honest. Well written, nice photographs, and good schematic drawings make Hot Garden a pleasure to learn from. It's not the only book you'll need to read before you rip out your lawn, but it's an excellent place to start.
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