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on 28 April 2006
This book is a masterpiece, practically a Bible for any Carnivorous Plant enthusiast. Here are 5 reasons why you should but this book if you havn't already.

1. Great layout ~ It is set in three parts (excluding a great introduction and more); The Basics Of Cultivation, Where to Grow Carnivorous Plants and The Plants themselves. Each part includes idepth chapters. Part 1; Soil, water, dormancy, feeding, pests & diseases + many more are included, Part 2; Greenhouse Conditions, Types, Terrariums/Tanks, Outdoors etc, and part 3 bascially lists all the types of plants including, the famous Venus Flytrap, Pitcher Plants, Sundews, Butterworts and many other less well known ones like Cobra Plants, Dewy Pines, Bladderwors and more (all carnivorous).

Each of the plant chapter lists a well documented list of all the species AND hybrids/crosses with advise/descriptions of each plant etc then explains the cultivation of that particular type of plant in general.

2. Great pictures ~ Many wonderful photos and diagrams of Carnivorous Plants in action!! All detailed, up-close and captioned. The sundew pics are a must see with their dazzling dew-like covered leaves!!

3. Easy to read. Peter D'Amato explains everything clearly and without using complicated words that someone new to Carnivrous Plants wouldn't understand without explaining them. There's also humour in his writing which will make you grin or chuckle to yourself now and again!

4. A great referance~ Once you have read it, it's easy to look back quickly for references of certain new plants you have bought etc Has a great Appendix & Index too.

5. Genuinely interesting unlike most gardening books you get. Gives background infomation and so much more.

There is a LOT more in it than I have mentioned above. This is definitely a must.

Thanks for reading,

Dan R
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on 24 March 2002
If you're interested in carnivorous plants and want to know how to grow them successfully then buy this book ! It's as simple as that ! It can't be bettered in my opinion and combines all the information required plus great photos with an easy to read writing style. Great book.
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This book contains everything that you could ever want to know about carnivorous plants.If you are interested in cp's either a beginner or seasoned collector,buy this book -- now. you won't regret it
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on 3 August 2004
Having as a child, always been interested in carnivorous plants yet never 'getting my hands dirty', this book has provided invaluable advice; easy to read and understand with superb pictures and a wicked sence of humour casually sown amongs the rest of the seeds of knowledge. Each species seperated into their own chapters and then sub species, making reference simple.
An absolute must for anyone who is even just thinking about the topic.
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on 26 September 2014
Having just purchased a variety of carnivorous plants and done a lot of research into book reviews on the subject, I decided on this one. Very glad that I did as it has proved such an interesting read. Good for anyone who wants to venture into this interesting part of the plant world.
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on 4 May 1999
I enjoyed reading this book, it is full of humour and I could feel that the author really loves these special beings, carnivorous plants. This book is the most important thing one should buy before starting to deal with flesh-eating plants,any important information which is needed to cultivating these plants is told us here, in a clear and short way.
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VINE VOICEon 3 June 2006
There are two books that I turn to time and time again with regards to this subject and this is one of them (The other being Adrian Slacks - Insect Eating Plants and How to Grow Them...also superb!). It is so entertaining and interesting to read that even if you are not planning to get involved in growing any of the carnivorous species I think you would still find something to enjoy in between the pages.

For the novice the information is so well laid out that you can easily pick out the pointers that you need to get started and successfully grow and care for your plant. For the expert there is also plenty to delve into especially regarding propogation and cultivation sections plus there are strong descriptions of each genus and subspecies (not just the most popular ones).

A must have book.
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on 2 March 2015
This is a must buy for anyone who grows carnivorous plants, and is perfect for anybody with an interest in gardening too that may want to grow one or two carnivores.

Its very easy reading, and the book can be picked up and put down at leisure. Its good quality, printed on heavy, glossy paper, with plenty of colour and pictures to help you through,

It covers the basics of the 'generics'' of growing carnivorous plants very well at the beginning of the book in a jargon free and accessible way - then provides whole sections of each of the major families of these plants. Where appropriate it provides detail on individual plant - though having whole sections on each plant would require a much bigger book.

All in all, well worth the money, and should be on every carnivorous plant growers bookshelf.
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on 30 July 1998
A must have for people that want a well written and practical guide to the different Genus of carnivorous plants and how to grow them. Well written and not overly technical, The Savage Garden was interesting as well as practical reading for the hobbyist grower. When I received this book, I read it cover to cover, staying up until 3AM.
The Savage Garden was exceedingly well organized and the information was, by my experience, accurate. I particularly like the way he organized the book, with growing information for the Genus and species grouped logically at the end of each section, instead of spread throughout the book. It makes it much easier to use as a reference for growers.
If you own but on book on these plants, this should be the one.
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on 25 July 2000
All I can say is buy this book. Exceptional presentation, layout and information. As i said a must for any collector.
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