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The Gardener’s Guide to Cactus/Cacti & Succulents for Cold Climates

Articles: The Gardener’s Guide to Cactus/Cacti & Succulents for Cold Climates

Professional gardeners Scott Calhoun from Tucson, Arizona and Leo J. Chance from Denver, Colorado draw upon their personal experiences to explore the spiky side of gardening in their newly released books from Timber Press.

While you might naturally think of cactus when you think of Tucson, it hasn’t always been that way—at least for the home gardener. Scott Calhoun was a bit of a trail blazer, adopting a water-wise approach to gardening long before it was fashionable—a journey delightfully detailed in his earlier book Yard Full of Sun. In The Gardener’s Guide to Cactus, Scott shares his love for desert plants and the knowledge he’s acquired planting, selling, and designing with these plants for years. In one of my favorite chapter titles ‘Tools of the Prickly Trade’ he includes this bit of advice: “Several cactus tools are also used for surgery, but don’t let that worry you.” He’s right; every spiky plant lover needs a few of these gadgets. I don’t know how I managed without a pair of long forceps; they make removing debris caught in my spiky plants a lot less traumatic!

Being a successful gardener means choosing plants suitable for your garden, so I appreciate that Scott’s G...

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