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  • Bloom: The Luminous Gardens of Fredrico Azevedo
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    Bloom: The Luminous Gardens of Frederico Azevedo presents the accomplished work of Frederico Azevedo—a leading landscape designer whose work carries an emphasis on flowers, which he uses to “lure the eye through the flow of the design.” This stunning body of work explores the hallmarks of an Azevedo garden, featuring his signature curving, floral borders, and his creative integration of native or well-adapted plants. He also often creates multi-dimensional vistas using layers of flowers, trees, grasses, shrubs, and hedges to dramatic effect. The results of his impeccable designs are soft and romantic, always sophisticated and well-executed, and most importantly, site-specific to the unique conditions of any environment. Discover the luminous world of Frederico Azevedo and his dazzling gardens.

    Frederico Azevedo was born in Brazil and studied landscape design in Brazil, England, and the United States. Azevedo founded Unlimited Earth Care, Inc. in 1993, to create beautiful, sustainable landscapes. He is a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, the American Horticultural Society, and the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons. Azevedo divides his time between the Hamptons, New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami, and travels abroad frequently.

    For over two decades, Azevedo’s award-winning, curated, and holistic approach to landscape design has been recognized nationally and internationally in both architectural and landscaping publications.

    “Let the beauty of his creations wash over you and get inspired to go digging in the dirt yourself this summer.” –Fashion Week Daily

    “His elegant designs rely on seemingly simple concepts, such as repetition of color, texture, and shape, but sophisticatedly executed to romantic effect.” –Aspire Home & Design

    “Frederico has graduated from growing vegetables as a child to creating sweeping, blooming fields of flowers for his clients–always in kaleidoscopic hues.” –House Beautiful

    “Known for his sinuous shapes, eco-friendly ethos, and use of native flowers, the award-winning designer was influenced at an early age by Brazilian landscape geniuses Lota de Macedo Shares and Roberto Burle Marx and his colorful interpretations are things that dreams are made of.” –Galerie Magazine

    “This stunning body of work explores the hallmarks of an Azevedo garden–his signature curving, floral borders, and integration of native plants.” –Array Magazine

    “His elegant designs rely on seemingly simple concepts, such as repetition of color, texture, and shape, but sophisticatedly executed to romantic effect.” –Aspire Home & Design

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    200 Pages / 9” X 12.125”

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  • Quiet Beauty
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    Quiet Beauty

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    Quiet Beauty

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    Gold Medal winner in the 2014 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Home & Garden*

    "Just flipping through the pages of Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America will instantly lower your blood pressure."—The New York Times Book Review


    Quiet Beauty: Japanese Gardens of North America is an extraordinary look at the most beautiful and serene gardens of the United States and Canada. Most Japanese garden books look to the gardens of Japan. Quiet Beauty explores the treasure trove of Japanese gardens located in North America. Featuring an intimate look at twenty-six gardens, with numerous stunning color photographs of each, that detail their style, history, and special functions, this book explores the ingenuity and range of Japanese landscaping.

    Japanese gardens have been part of North American culture for almost 150 years. Quiet Beauty is a thought-provoking look at the history of their introduction to the world of North American gardening and how this aspect of Japanese culture has taken root and flourished.

    Japanese gardens include:
    • Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California
    • Nitobe Memorial Garden, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
    • Japanese Garden, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Texas
    • Garden of the Pine Winds, Denver Botanic Gardena, Colorado
    • Japanese Garden, Montreal Botanical Garden, Quebec
    • Tenshin'en (The Garden of the Heart of Heaven), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Roji'en (Garden of Drops of Dew), The George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Japanese Gardens, The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, Florida
    • Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Margaret T. Hance Park, Arizona
    • Garden of the Pine Wind, Garvan Woodland Garden, Hot Springs, Arkansas
    About the Author:
    David M. Cobb is a member of NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association) and PPA (Professional Photographers of America). He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and their two cats.

    Kendall H. Brown is Professor of Asian Art History in the Art Department at California State University Long Beach. He also recently served as Curator of Collections, Exhibitions and Programs at Pacific Asia Museum. Dr. Brown is a leading figure in the study of Japanese gardens in North America and is the author of Japanese-style Gardens of the Pacific West Coast.
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  • The Gardener's Guide to Succulents
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    The Gardener's Guide to Succulents is a stunning visual reference identifying over 125 plants from 40 different genera of succulents and cacti.

    Fleshy, spiny, hairy, flowering—and coming in every imaginable shape, color and size—this plant family has captured the affection of plant enthusiasts all over the world. This book provides a beautiful overview of the diversity that succulents have to offer, presenting a wide variety of popular plants to help you create striking, aesthetically pleasing compositions.

    This succulent guide includes information about:
    • What each variety needs and where it thrives
    • Plant characteristics, with ratings on ease of growth and maintenance requirements
    • Ideas for group plantings and illustrated tips on indoor planting
    • Striking identification photos, rich in color and contrast
    This succulent encyclopedia is a useful resource for everyone—from cacti beginners looking to decorate their living space to serious gardeners hoping to expand their succulent plantings.

    About the Author:
    Misa Matsuyama is a horticulturist specializing in succulents, as well as a teacher and author of several books on raising and displaying succulents. She is the creative director of sol x sol, a Japanese company selling succulent plants, pots and tools and offering inspiration to home gardeners. You can find her work on her website www.solxsol.com
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  • Xerographica
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    Xerographica

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    Xerographica

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    Xerographica is often called the “king” of  Tillandias. It can grow over 2 feet wide, and produces a jaw dropping multicolored spike. It is an easy to grow variety.  Keys to keeping these plants happy are weekly misting, and bright light.
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  • Straminea (Thick Leaf) Air Plant
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    Straminea is another staple variety. It’s a vigorous plant that is impressive when clumped. It produces a lavender colored inflorescence, with lavender / white flowers. Not only is spike impressive, but the flowers are fragrant!

    Care instructions: Water is usually the culprit when diagnosing why a plant has died. It is important to maintain a CONSISTENT watering schedule. Being consistent is important because air plants really start to thrive once they have acclimated to their surroundings. That being said, It is always better to underwater than over water. When you over water the plant rots out and dies immediately. When watering it is also important to keep in mind YOUR specific environment. By environment, we mean climate, air flow and lighting. For an example: If you plant is in an air conditioned home, and doesn’t receive a whole lot of light, it may only require watering once a week. That being said, even though an air conditioned home is cooler, it is also drier. So start with once a week, and look for curvature of the leaves. If that is occurring add another watering, but always let the plant dry out between watering cycles. Lastly, the type of variety is important. We break it down into two extremes (Green Varieties and White Varieties.) Green varieties most of the time come from low land habitats (ex. the rain forest.) They can take less light, and more water. White varieties, which are white because they are covered with trichomes, generally come from mountainous / drier habitats. These varieties can take much less water, but need more light. As discussed in the water section, light requirements are different for different varieties. We DO NOT recommend direct sunlight, especially between the hours of 10 and 2. Direct sunlight can cause burn, and all of our plants are greenhouse grown. This does not mean air plants cannot thrive in direct light. It only means it is variety specific. So to avoid heart ache, it is better to stay away from direct sunlight. It only takes one unusually hot day to fry your plants. Trust us, we have been there. Temperature is also a very important factor. The good thing about an  air plant is its ability to tolerate a spectrum of temperatures. Most air plants can survive in temperatures from 100+ degrees down to 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep in mind that is only surviving not thriving. Optimally most varieties like temperatures in the high 70’s. A larger differentiation in day and night time temperature will also help to stimulate more color. You may find the need to increase watering in higher temperatures. It is not unheard of to water every other day when temperatures exceed 90 degrees.

    About the grower: The greenhouse is a family run business. Gerald, the owner, has been involved with everything from flowers and foliage to plants since he and his family immigrated here from the Netherlands in the early 80’s. The company has transformed many times, as Gerald has always set out to find the most unique and innovative products available. Their passion and care for air plants and succulents gives them the ability to offer the highest quality plants. They are unique in that most of the plants they sell are coming from mother plants grown from seed.

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