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Plants of Hawai’i: How to Grow Them

Fortunato Teho
Petroglyph Press
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Paper, 124 pp., $17.95.

This book is based on a series of articles that were written about 50 years ago. It has been updated and edited. Called the home gardener’s bible, it is the classic reference book. It begins with a few pages dedicated to pest control followed by an alphabetical dictionary of plants. Growing, propagating, planting, fertilizing, container planting if applicable, pruning, repotting, disease- and pest control are covered for each plant. Each description opens with a small illustration of the plant under review. Some might find the color illustrations in the middle of the text most useful. Of particular interest is the unusual jade vine Stronglodon macrobotrys, introduced to Hawai’i from the Philippines, and in bloom in a Chicago Botanic Garden greenhouse.

This work ends with a one-page list of references and recommended reading, followed by a list of resources (appropriate telephone numbers and websites) and a biography of the author. Proceeds from the sale of this volume will be applied to the Susannah and Fortunato Teho Scholarship Fund at the University of Hawai’i.
— Adele Kleine, volunteer and garden writer, Chicago Botanic Garden