Some bamboos make great screening, some are useful for erosion control, others are just nice to look at. Ted Jordan Meredith introduces us to the gamut. -- Mary Beth Breckenridge Akron Beacon Journal 20090905 [There are] plenty of superbly photographed bamboos to savor, and Meredith's expertise and enthusiasm shine in his ability to identify a defining characteristic in each, however similar it might look to another at first glance. -- Tom Gard Gardens Illustrated 20091001 Stunning - which is not surprising because Timber Press does an outstanding job with color photos, and Meredith with his knowledge and precise language. -- Betty Shor Bamboo 20091001 Why this book? Because bamboos are excellent plants for erosion control. -- Todd Major North Shore News 20091209
There are around 1400 species of bamboo spread throughout the world's temperate, tropical, and subtropical regions. They grow from sea level to high mountainous regions and can be successfully grown in a range of climates, from coastal California to Minnesota, New England, the British Isles, and continental Europe. Versatile bamboos are both ornamental - they have striking foliage and come in variety of colors and patterns - and practical for providing screening and privacy and controlling erosion. They also play an important role in modern society: As a rapidly renewable resource, bamboos are an environmentally conscious solution for homes, gardens, construction, and manufacturing. "The Timber Press Pocket Guide to Bamboos" covers 35 genera of bamboos in cultivation and describes more than 300 species and cultivars. Each entry includes the plant's maximum height, maximum culm diameter, light requirements, and minimum temperature tolerated. It includes 300 color photographs for easy identification. Packed with all the authority of an encyclopedia in a pocket-size format, the "Timber Press Pocket Guide to Bamboos" is a perfect reference for taking to the nursery or garden center.