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The Desert Garden: A Practical Guide [Paperback]

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Despite their dry climates, Egypt's deserts sustain a rich variety of plant life, from towering doum palm trees to the tamarisk shrub and flowering acacias. With this practical guide, noted ecologist Irina Springuel explains the best techniques for cultivating gardens using species indigenous to Egypt. The Desert Garden outlines Egypt's natural vegetation and describes the habitats where its most popular plants can be found in the wild. She provides guidance on where to obtain the plant material for propagation and cultivation, drawing on her decades of experience in growing local desert plants, and offers advice on the most effective methods of watering plants, from subsurface irrigation to buried clay pots filled with water an efficient technique that has been used since pharaonic times. Springuel focuses on thirty-eight of the most popular species of desert flora, illustrating each with color photographs and black and white drawings. For each, she provides useful information on its ecology and uses, with historical details about its uses in ancient Egyptian medicine and culture, where available, as well as archaeological plant material. Included here is material for beginners who want a small and simple private garden as well as for anyone planning extensive landscaping around a hotel or historic monument. Presented in straightforward language for the lay reader, while offering accurate scientific detail for professionals and scientists, The Desert Garden is an ideal companion for anyone interested in growing desert plants, both in Egypt and in similar desert environments elsewhere in the world.

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Studio: AUC Press
Pages   156
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 19, 2006
Publisher   AUC Press
ISBN  9774160215  
ISBN13  9789774160219  

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More About Irina Springuel

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! IRINA SPRINGUEL, a professor of plant ecology, graduated from Leningrad State University and continued her postgraduate studies in Egypt. Her PhD research work on the First Cataract Islands near Aswan led to their declaration as a protectorate in 1986, conserving these unique habitats. The author of numerous published works, she has worked in Upper Egypt for almost thirty years on diverse ecological and environmental research topics and in promoting environmental education.

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1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks
2Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Gardening & Horticulture > By Climate > Desert
3Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Gardening & Horticulture > By Plant
4Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Gardening & Horticulture > General

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The title says almost all  Jan 30, 2010
The word omitted from the title (as least for American readers) is Egyptian. This is a standard garden guide in a form familiar to U.S. low desert gardeners. It may be the first such guide for Egypt. Nice line drawings and decent color photos.

Abridged table of contents:

1. The Egyptians Deserts and Oases
2. The Nile Valley around Aswan
3. Ecology of Desert Plants and Adaptation to Aridity
4. Types of Desert Gardens
5. Gardens for Education and Research
6. Collection and Propagation of Desert Plants
7. Irrigation Techniques
8. Plant Descriptions

Some of the plants included are also well-known to Sonoran Desert gardeners, especially those with older gardens in their vicinity. Plants often grown here in Phoenix that are also important in Egyptian gardens include acacia, olive, tamarisk, date palm, oleander, castor oil plant (Americans call it castor bean), senna, datura (an American native), and giant reed.

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