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BOOKS about BAMBOO
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available on the subject of bamboo, especially for subtropical climates
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by Victor Cusack and Deirdre Stewart
This book is a must-have for anyone seriously interested in
growing bamboos in Florida! Cusack is an Australian with a passion for
tropical and subtropical clumping bamboos, and the scope of his book is
simply breathtaking. Loaded with beautiful color photos throughout, the
book also has lots of information on different varieties, planting
& care, techniques for cutting, curing, and building with the canes.
There are guidelines for planting and managing bamboo plantations for
producing edible shoots and construction-quality canes. There are even
recipes for bamboo shoots and directions for making paper from bamboo
leaves! The authors' enthusiasm is contagious, and reading this book
one really gets an appreciation for the thousand-and-one uses that cause
many cultures to revere bamboo beyond any other plant. Some of the
species covered are fairly tropical, so this book would be particularly
of interest to gardeners in South Florida.
by Ted Jordan Meredith
Another excellent book, filled with beautiful illustrations.
Meredith gardens in the Pacific Northwest, and consequently much of his
emphasis is on temperate zone bamboos, especially the running types.
There's quite a lot in here about the tropical types, too, and
Meredith's discussions of the botanical and taxonomic relations of
bamboo make this book an informative read.
by Emmet J. Judziewicz (editor), et al
"Bamboos are as American as maize, chili peppers, and mountain
lions," begins this book, an eye-opening look at the tremendous
biodiversity of bamboos native to the New World, chiefly Central and
South America. A studious, academic treatise, the book is livened by
the wonderful color photos of hundreds of species, ranging from tiny
herbaceous bamboos to giant timber types, most apparently never
introduced into this country. Unfortunately for those of us in North
Florida, most seem to be either from the cool tropical highlands, and
therefore not well adapted to our hot summers, or from the lowland
tropics, and therefore unable to handle our frosty winters. The lowland
types might do quite well in South Florida, with its nearly tropical
climate, and indeed, bamboos of the South American genus Guadua are
already becoming popular in South Florida.
by Carol Stangler
If you're interested in using bamboo poles for construction, this
book had a guide to cutting and treating the canes, and an extensive
array of projects you can make with them. Even if you never build a
thing out of bamboo, you'll enjoy the pictures of bamboo fencing,
handrails, a porch swing, sushi trays, and doormats.