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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About the author (1998)

Robert Lee Riffle (1940-2006) was known throughout the horticultural community for his expertise on all things tropical, especially palms. His landmark book, The Tropical Look, won an American Horticultural Society Book Award in 1999, as did An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms (with co-author Paul Craft) five years later. Bob received a degree in music from Centenary College and briefly pursued studies in botany at the University of Texas, Austin.

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