Author(s): David Squire
With their distinctive fronds and straight trunks, palms make a bold statement, while cycads are regarded by many as the dinosaurs of the plant world. As well as being economically useful in many tropical countries, palms and cycads add an exotic appeal that looks good in almost any setting. There is a wide range of species to choose from - whether you are looking to add a tropical accent to your garden or want to invest in an easy-care houseplant. "Palms and Cycads" provides comprehensive information on care and cultivation, as well as sound advice on determining the perfect location for the plant you have chosen. In detailed A-Z style, the book profiles 99 palm and 17 cycad species that are suited to a variety of climates and soil types. A special section also provides guidance on matching palm species to indoor and outdoor settings, and features further brief entries on 85 palm and 18 cycad species. Altogether, the book covers a total of 220 palm and cycad species, making it an extremely useful source book for gardeners and landscapers all over the world.
David Squire trained as a horticulturist at the Hertfordshire College of Agriculture in St Albans, and at the Royal Horticultural Society, where he was awarded the Wisley Diploma in Horticulture. He has worked for many years as a gardening writer and editor, has contributed to numerous magazines and gardening partworks and is the author (or co-author) of more than 70 gardening and plant-related books. These include The Garden (Thames and Hudson), The Small Garden (Parragon), The Healing Garden (Chrysalis Books), The Scented Garden (Orion) - which won the Quill and Trowel Award of the Garden Writers of America - and several volumes in New Holland's 'Specialist' gardening series. His most recent book is Successful Bonsai (New Holland). He lives in West Sussex, England.