The Gardener's Guide to Cactus (Paperback)

The 100 Best Paddles, Barrels, Columns, and Globes

By Scott Calhoun

Timber Press, 9781604692006, 228pp.

Publication Date: January 11, 2012

List Price: 24.95*
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When it comes to garden plants, cacti are anything but standard issue. The bulk of home gardens contain exactly zero species of cactus, and the thought of growing them makes gardeners think, “Ouch!” In The Gardener’s Guide to Cactus: The 100 Best Paddles, Barrels, Columns, and Globes, Scott Calhoun is out to change that perception, and bring the beauty and ease of cactus home. It’s high time that cacti took their place alongside the trendy succulent.

About the Author

Scott Calhoun is an award-winning author and garden designer based in Tucson, Arizona, where he lives with his wife and daughter. In his design practice, he incorporates cactus into every residential space and sees them as the plant family of the future—especially in arid parts of the world. Calhoun is the author of six gardening books. His work has earned an American Horticultural Society Book Award and a Garden Writers Association Silver Book Award. He writes a monthly garden column for Sunset magazine and has written for most national gardening magazines.

Praise For The Gardener's Guide to Cactus: The 100 Best Paddles, Barrels, Columns, and Globes

“It offers a clear, helpful, well-­presented text.” —New York Times Book Review

“An outstanding volume that is both beautiful and useful.” Booklist
“A totally amazing and really fun book.” —Garden Rant

“Scott shares his love for desert plants and the knowledge he’s acquired planting, selling, and designing with these plants for years…Scott’s book provides cultural information in an easy-to-use structured layout.” —Pacific Horticulture
“Has a little something for every garden—but it’s not overwhelming.” —Su Casa
“Gardeners new and old will close this book with an arsenal of ideas on how to take their cactus cultivation to a new level.” —Terrain
“More than a primer, this useful guide provides cultivation tips for practiced gardeners.” —New Mexico Magazine
“Scott’s firsthand knowledge and experience of working with these plants shines.” —Danger Garden