The Tropical Look: An Encyclopedia of Dramatic Landscape Plants

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Timber Press, 1998 - Gardening - 428 pages
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"The Tropical Look" is a truly unique compendium of nearly 200 plants that evoke languorous landscapes of swaying palms, dripping banana leaves, and vibrant frangi-pani blossoms. However, this book is not just intended for gardeners who live in the tropics; it is also written for those of us who live in the land of freezes and frosts and want to steal a bit of tropical magic. The author draws a clear distinction between tropical plants and "tropical looking," some of which originate on colder climates far from the tropicals but have foliage or flowers that wouldn't look out of place under a Costa Rican sunset or next to a Balinese waterfall.

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Robert Lee Riffle (1940-2006) was an internationally recognized authority on palms and tropical plants. His landmark book, The Tropical Look: An Encyclopedia of Dramatic Landscape Plants (1998), won an American Horticultural Society Book Award, as did An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms (2003), which he co-wrote with Paul Craft. For 25 years Bob was a strong presence online, answering questions and encouraging gardeners in their endeavors via postings on garden and plant message boards. He generously shared his extensive knowledge gently and with wit as the moderator of the International Palm Society's active PalmTalk message board. Bob was an accomplished pianist, a gifted photographer, and an enthusiastic film buff. He had finished writing the manuscript for the Timber Press Pocket Guide to Palms when he passed away unexpectedly.

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