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Designing with Palms


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As the definitive guide to choosing and using palms, Designing with Palms is a must-have for garden and landscape designers and nursery professionals who want to integrate these valuable, underutilized ornamentals.

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Jason Dewees is a staff horticulturist at Flora Grubb Gardens and East West Trees in San Francisco. He is a contributing editor to Garden Design magazine, and he blogs at The Palm Broker. Responsible for the Tree Canopy Succession Plan for the San Francisco Botanical Garden, he serves on the Horticultural Advisory Committee for the San Francisco Botanical Garden and on The San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers Advisory Council.


"Contains virtually everything you need to know about these plants and their usage in gardens. This is the go-to book." --Raymond Jungles, landscape architect

"Dewees and Atkinson provide the inspiration for the careful crafting of beautiful palm landscapes, even in the smallest of spaces." --John Dransfield, Honorary Research Fellow (Palms), Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

"Makes a winning case that there is a palm for every garden, if not two or three." --Judy Kameon, founder of Elysian Landscapes and author of Gardens Are for Living

"This is a fascinating read about the magic of palms and also makes a beautiful addition to the coffee table." --Better Homes and Gardens

"Together author Dewees and photographer Caitlin Atkinson break through the typical tropical stereotypes to broaden the restricted reputation of palms. . . . If you want to successfully add more bold fronds and a tropical style to your landscape, Designing With Palms is the comprehensive book for you." --Gardenista

"After reading it's nearly impossible not to have newfound appreciation for palms." --Garden Design Magazine

"Visually fascinating. . . elegant work." --Choice

"A beautiful and informative book for gardeners and landscape designers who would like utilize more members of this versatile plant family. Beautifully designed with lovely photos by Caitlin Atkinson, the content is well-researched and includes appropriate suggestions for gardeners in a variety of climates." --NYBG's Plant Talk

"Whether you intend to add palm trees to your garden or just want to feel like you escaped on a tropical vacation, Designing with Palms by Jason Dewees is for you." --Garden Design

"Stunning photos. . . . advice on spicing up landscapes with palms." --The American Gardener

"Whether you love palms or not, Jason challenges us to see beyond the iconography--sometimes balmy and bold, sometimes tacky and misused--to really see this diverse and ancient plant family." --Cultivating Place

"This book will increase your appreciation of palms and help you select and care for them. Furthermore, the many photographs will give you plenty of inspiration for using palms in your garden." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Contains virtually everything you need to know about palms and their use in gardens. Based on the San Francisco author's knowledge and hands on expertise . . . it is encyclopedic, instructive, and an inspiring coffee-table delight." --Marin Magazine

"A magnificent work worthy of these princes of the plant kingdom." --The Ledger

"A wealth of design inspiration and ideas, exquisitely photographed by Caitlin Atkinson. Jason [Dewees] shares lessons from some of the best designers working with palms in the United States. Useful information about the palm family and a portfolio of hardy and popular palm species equip designers and gardeners to embrace the power of palms in landscape design." --New Books Network

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