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Bamboo for Gardens Hardcover – Illustrated, September 1, 2001
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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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“Will help gardeners understand the practicalities as well as the aesthetics of bamboo gardening.” —New York Times Book Review
“Surely the best all-around and certainly the most up-to-date treatment of these curious grasses. . . . Both a good introduction and a worthy guide.” —American Gardener
“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. Meredith’s fine resource offers clarity and enlightenment to new and experienced gardeners alike.” —Booklist
“From ground covers to timber types, Ted Jordan Meredith, author of Bamboo for Gardens, knows his subject.” —Oregonian
“This leading handbook in this specialized gardening subject has a catalog of innumerable kinds of bamboo with color photos, descriptions, and points of interest.” —Small Press Book Review
“A wonderful reference for both the confirmed and the up-and-coming bamboo geek.” —NYBG’s Plant Talk
“All interested in Bamboo should obtain this book. There is certain to be surprises in store for you. . . . It is quite simply a very good book.” —Gardening Newsletter
“This is a landmark, in that a book on growing bamboo for Americans by an American has finally been written. I would not be without Bamboo for Gardens, and would recommend it to both the newcomer and expert alike—it is a required read.” —Bamboo
“Bamboo for Gardens is a full treatise on bamboos and falls into the category of ‘reference book’ for gardeners—the kind of book Timber Press does so well.” —American Rhododendron Society Journal
“Another winner from the folks at Timber Press. THE definitive guide to growing bamboo in American gardens, and worth every penny.” —Garden Works Online
“Sufficient documentation and relevant consultation with specialists in these grasses give extra value to this publication.” —Plant Science Bulletin
“This book is sure to expand your horizons as a gardener. If you live where bamboos are perennial grasses, you should have this book on your shelves.” —Suite101.com
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I also learned that many types of bamboo have been wrongly classified (or reclassified) so it is important to know their various Latin names when e-mailing garden centers for info.
The book is well-written in layman's terms and I would recommend this book to anyone starting out learning about bamboo. It is my bamboo bible - I keep it up by my bedside and often open it up just to learn about another type of bamboo - they are so different and varied!
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!