Robert Lee Riffle
Robert Lee Riffle (1940-2006) was an internationally recognized authority on palms and tropical plants. His first two books, "An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms" (co-written with Paul Craft) and "The Tropical Look: An Encyclopedia of Dramatic Landscape Plants" (1998) each won an American Horticultural Society Book Award.
Timber Press Pocket Guide to Palms
Although they are a symbol of the tropics, palms are indigenous to every continent except Antarctica and can be grown in climates with temperatures as low as 5F (-15C). So why are palms often under-utilized in landscapes, even tropical ones? Perhaps because of our unfamiliarity with their cultural needs. "The Timber Press Pocket Guide to Palms" unlocks the keys to successfully growing 200 of the most common and easily obtainable palm species and hybrids for temperate, Mediterranean, warm temperature, and tropical regions. Details of mature tree size, cold hardiness, and light, soil, and water requirements accompany suggestions for using the palms indoors and out. Illustrated with more than 300 color photographs, this guide is a valuable complement to "An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms" and an ideal reference for taking to the nursery or garden center.
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