Desert Plants

Desert Plants - A Curator's Introduction to the Huntington Desert Garden

Written by:Gary Lyons
Format:100 pages, 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches, 92 color illustrations
Release Date:2007-07-16

Price: $39.95

About this Book

The Huntington is famous for its spectacular desert garden, one of the largest such collections of cacti and other succulents in the world. Nearly 100 years old, the twelve-acre garden today showcases more than 3,000 species of desert plants. Visitors to the garden marvel at its many wonders, including the massive Cereus xanthocarpus cactus weighing some fifteen tons; the vivid blue and green Puya, a rare type of bromeliad; the Lithops, or “living stone,” whose camouflaged leaves mimic the shape and color of rocks; and the dazzling red, orange, and yellow torch-like blooms of the aloe.

In this beautifully illustrated volume, Lyons draws on his decades of experience with desert plants to present the rare and unusual specimens in the Huntington’s desert garden. He tells of the garden’s early development, describes its principal collections, and gives instructions on the care and landscaping of desert gardens.


About the Author
Gary Lyons is Curator of the Huntington’s Desert Garden and the author of Desert Gardens. An internationally recognized drought-tolerant garden designer, scholar, and conservationist, he is a member of the World Conservation Union’s Species Survival Commission, a fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and the author of numerous articles on desert gardens.


Praise for the Huntington’s Desert Garden:

“Nowhere else is there such a stunning collection of these succulents in quantity, maturity, and diversity.”—Maureen Gilmer, DIY’s Weekend Gardening

“A radiant spectacle of beautiful freaks.”—New York Times


Learn more about the history of the Desert Garden

About The Huntington

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry E. and Arabella Huntington. Henry Huntington, a key figure in the...

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