Paper, 184 pp., $26.95.
This is a valuable guide to 12 great succulent gardens in the world. The plants are identified by their scientific names, and with wonderful photographs. The gardens are described with a number of illustrations, including close-ups of many plants. The 12 specific gardens are: Karoo Desert National Botanic Garden and Obesa Gardens in South Africa; Jardin Exotique d’Eze and Jardin Botanique ‘Les Cèdres’ in the Côte d’Azur, France; Jardin Exotique de Monaco; Hanbury Garden at La Mortola, Italy; Sukkulenten-Sammlung in Zürich, Switzerland; Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Arizona; Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix; Huntington Desert Garden and the Ruth Bancroft Garden in California; and, Jardin Botánico del Instituto de Biologia de la UNAM in Mexico.
There are many sidebars describing xeriscape gardening, plant borders and beds, soil improvement, and other details, all making this book one to own if you have an interest in succulents.
— Adele Kleine, volunteer and garden writer, Chicago Botanic Garden