Desert Plants at the Huntington Botanical Gardens

SKU: 978-0873282185
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The Huntington is famous for its spectacular desert garden, one of the largest such collections of cacti and succulents in the world. Nearly 100 years old, the twelve-acre garden today showcases more than 3,000 species of desert plants. Visitors to the garden marvel at its many wonders, including the massive Cereus xanthocarpus cactus weighing some fifteen tons; the vivid blue and green Puya, a rare type of bromeliad; the Lithops, or living stone, whose camouflaged leaves mimic the shape and color of rocks; and the dazzling red, orange, and yellow torch-like blooms of the aloe.

In this beautifully illustrated volume, Lyons draws on his decades of experience with desert plants to present the rare and unusual specimens in the Huntington‰۪s desert garden. He tells of the garden's early development, describes its principal collections, and gives instructions on the care and landscaping of desert gardens.

Gary Lyons is Curator of the Huntington's Desert Garden and the author of Desert Gardens. An internationally recognized drought-tolerant garden designer, scholar, and conservationist, he is a member of the World Conservation Union's Species Survival Commission, a fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and the author of numerous articles on desert gardens.
  • Hardcover
  • 100 pages, 92 color illustrations
  • 8 1/2 x 10 1/2"
  • Author: Gary Lyons
  • Published by Huntington Library Press


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