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Visit the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA) Web site to find botanical gardens and other horticultural treasures near you, or to plan a visit while you are on vacation. Click on "Public Gardens" in the left navigation bar, then search by state or by special features. The search results conveniently link directly to the member gardens.
Hot Plants for Cool Climates
Susan A. Roth and Dennis Schrader, the authors of Hot Plants for Cool Climates: Gardening With Tropical Plants in Temperate Zones (Houghton Mifflin Co., 2000; $35) know that we aren't all fortunate enough to have our own climate-controlled greenhouses, so they provide detailed information on how to grow lush tropical plants in temperate climates. You, too, can enjoy that flamboyant tropical look by growing some tropicals as annuals, protecting marginally hardy plants outdoors, and bringing other plants indoors for the winter. This book explains how. The photos alone will inspire you to cast aside subtlety and enjoy the vibrant flowers and lush foliage of tropical plants.