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The Practical Gardener's Encyclopedia

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Geoffrey Burnie San Francisco:Fog City Press, 2004 Call No.: q635 PRA [HOM]

If you have a garden and you want it to be filled with beautiful flowers and plants but have absolutely no idea how to go about doing it, then this book is a Godsent. The book is divided into five sections: `Gardening Basics', `Creating Your Garden', `The Ornamental Garden', `The Productive Garden' and finally an `Encyclopedia of Popular Garden Plants'. The final section features close to 400 plants which are lavishly illustrated as well as given detailed descriptions. Teach Yourself: Gardening

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Jane McMorland Hunter and Louise Carpenter London: Teach Yourself, 2003 Call No.: 635 MAC [HOM]

If your wish is to develop some green fingers and in the process, create a beautiful garden, check out this book with its simple instructions that can help you achieve your goal. Various gardening techniques are illustrated to help you offer the best care to your plants. The authors share their extensive knowledge that ranges from various methods for soil preparation, dealing with common diseases in your plants and feeding them the right `food'. Thumbs up to the authors for highlighting,at the beginning of the book, the need to match the type of garden most suitable for your life style. How To Garden

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John Cushnie London: Kyle Cathie Ltd, 2001 Call No.: 635 CUS [HOM]

The sub-title casually states: `The only gardening book you will ever need'. With 25 years of practical gardening experience, Cushnie has a lot to say about gardens; from basic plant care, soil conditions, garden features and the techniques of gardening. Written specifically for the aspiring but inexperienced gardener, one can easily learn the basics from Cushnie's guidance and tips. And the beautiful thing about this book is that it is filled with photographs and illustrations, which, if you work at it, your dream garden may end up looking like.

INDOOR PLANTS

Gardening in Your Apartment: Creating an Interior Oasis

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Gilly Love London: Lorenz Books, 1996 Call No.: 635.965 LOV [HOM]

Gardening in Your Apartment is a practical guide on the selection, display and basic care of plants. Plants add colour and style to the interiors of homes. Creating beautiful displays of plants in every room can be a breeze if you know the selection of plants best suited for the environment. Gilly Love shows you how to add focal point to a room with a display or using plants as alternatives to curtains or blinds. You can enjoy being close to nature in the comfort of your apartment. Glorious Indoor Gardens

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Michele Driscoll Alioto New York: Stewart, Tabori And Chang, 2002 Call No.: 635.965 ALI [HOM]

"A room with plants and flowers has the power to convert a house into a sanctuary." The book jacket proclaims this and you will find that the statement is very true after finishing this book. In Glorious Indoor Gardens, we are brought into the homes of people who have painstaking transformed their dwelling places into beautiful gardens with a strong sense of personal style. The writer discusses a wide variety of planting possibilities and garden styles and highlights the design and use of each site that will definitely inspire wannabe gardeners. The book ends with an appendix that has detailed information on the care of indoor plants as well as lists of plants best suited to a variety of situations and their specific requirements. The New Indoor Plant Book

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John Evans London: Kyle Cathie Limited, 1993 Call No.: 635.965 EVA [HOM]

The New Indoor Plant Book is specially written for plant lovers who wish to grow plants indoors. The book is divided into four sections ­ `Indoor Plants', `Foliage Plants', `Flowering Plants' and `How to Take Care of the Plants'. Tips are given on the plants that suit you based on the time you can spend to nurture the plants. Each plant discussed in this book comes with explanations on care, problems and conditions in which they thrive. The plant care section includes information on light, temperature, water and feeding, propagation and repotting. The writer has also categorized the plants by different levels of care; from easy to difficult. You will realize that gardening is an engaging and enjoyable experience when you select the right plants. There are also plenty of photographs that will inspire you to decorate your own rooms with suitable plants.

Indoor Plants: What to Grow, How to Grow it

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Lia Leendertz London: Harper Collins, 2004 Call No.: 635.965 LEE [HOM]

This wonderfully illustrated book is divided into three sections: · Part One deals with the selection, care and maintenance of your indoor plants. · Part Two provides descriptions of up to 130 varieties of indoor plants arranged in alphabetical order from A (Acalypha) to Y (Yucca). · Part Three deals with common problems faced by indoor plants and how to get rid of these problems (it offers a beautifully sketched workflow diagram that guides you with a step-by-step process). This gardening book is very attractive as it is beautifully illustrated with many pictures of indoor plants and gives a quick and easy-to-read summary on the plants by providing the following information: · Suitable site to position the plant · Ideal temperature · Water and humidity · Food and fertilizer · General care · Common pests and diseases Though written in mind for residents of temperate countries, people living in the tropics can still refer to it especially the `summer' plants that are ideal for the tropical climate of Singapore (eg Hibiscus). A final useful feature is the estimated plant height (in centimetres), plant spread and the flower colour so that you can estimate the space needed for your plant. Reader's Digest Book of Houseplants: Year-round Indoor Gardening

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Reader's Digest London: Reader's Digest Association Ltd., 2005 Call No.: q635.965 REA [HOM]

If you are looking for a comprehensive book on indoor plants, Reader's Digest Book of Houseplants: Year-round Indoor Gardening is the book for you. You can easily identify many familiar indoor plants available in Singapore by simply flipping through a few pages of this glossy and vibrantly illustrated book. It offers practical advice on plant selection, pot selection and basic plant caring techniques. Also included is a comprehensive plant selector guide, which outlines the characteristics and caring tips of 100 common houseplants. This book concludes with more inspiring and creative ideas of how plants could be displayed: in colour pots, multi-planted pots or indoor water gardens.

ORNAMENTAL PLANTS

Planning A Small Garden: 101 Essential Tips

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Edited by John Brookes London: Dorling Kindersley, 1996 Call No.: 712.6 PLA

The editor of this book is the Chairman of the Society of Garden Designers (UK) and this book gives tips on designing a small garden. Photographs illustrate the steps on how to plan and maintain a small garden. This colourful book breaks down core information on garden planning into 101easy-to-grasp tips that include `Tips for Topiary', `Sun-loving Plants', `Planting Pretties' (colourful flowers), `Beauty of Bulbs', `Rooftop Retreat and Balconies', `Ornamental Trees' amongst others. On the section on `Ornamental Trees', the writer cautions readers to take into account the eventual height of a plant, as one that is too large will quickly engulf and unbalance the garden design. With good practical advice and quick answers to all questions, this book reveals the secrets of turning one's limited space and corners into a beautiful garden that all can admire. Tropical Flowers of Malaysia and Singapore

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William Warren Hong Kong: Periplus Editions, 1998 Call No.: SING 581.95957 WAR

The author introduces 55 species of commonly flowering plants grown in Malaysia and Singapore in this handy pocket guide. Each plant is lovingly detailed: its height and size of the plant, the pattern and colour of the flowers and leaves, and how to grow the plants. Part of the Periplus Nature Guide Series, Tropical Flowers of Malaysia and Singapore gives the botanical and other names of the plants. Each entry has colour photographs of the plant and its flowers. The Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses: How to Grow Over 250 Beautiful and Versatile Plants

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John Greenlee New York: Micheal Friedman Publishing Group, 1992 Call No.: 635.9349 GRE [HOM]

Appropriate that the author is named `Greenlee' ­ The Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses is a major reference work and as the blurb proudly proclaims: `belongs on every serious gardener's bookshelf'. Each entry, which is arranged alphabetically for ease of use, would include: · · · · · Full physical description Colour photograph Suggested usage Propagating information Pest control and disease-fighting advice

Orchids of the Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Dr Yam Tim Wing Singapore: National Parks Board and Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1995 Call No.: SING 584.15095957 YAM

This book covers some of the noteworthy and historically important species and hybrids of orchids collected at the Singapore Botanic Gardens (which has one of the world's most impressive orchid collection) as at 1994. It includes species found in Singapore as well as in the Asia Pacific, Africa and the Americas. It also provides detailed descriptions of the flowers and their distribution. There is also a chapter on hybrids grown in the Botanic Gardens that provides the parent plants of the hybrids, the description of each orchid flower and those named after VIP visitors. A must-read for all orchid lovers! Hip Houseplants

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Orlando Hamilton London: Dorling Kindersley, 2001 Call No.: 635.965 HAM [HOM]

An intriguing title, and it reflects novel approach to choosing houseplants. The book suggests that the correct mixing and matching of plants to your particular home interior decor theme can add significantly to your home's ambience. Discussions, however, are not limited to plant varieties and plant species; it covers topics such as choice of plant pots, the use of light, and optimal arrangements to suit each area within the home. Plants and Flowers of Malaysia

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Ivan Polunin Singapore: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Private Limited, 2004 Call No.: 581.9595 POL

This book captures some of the most beautiful, rare as well as common plants of Malaysia. The book features 170 species, including the ant plants, pitcher plants (trappers of insects), the giant-flowered Rafflesia and many more beautiful orchids, which are all grouped according to their habitat. The writer, Dr Polunin, also describes the main vegetation types with maps and a guide to the best places for seeing different types of plant life. The chapter ­ `Ornamental Plants and Gardens' ­ includes information and photographs of plants that require shade and the ornamental gardens of the traditional Malay house (container raised on stands in the front), the Chinese (designed to accommodate throngs during Chinese festivals) and the British houses (the keenest of all ornamental gardeners), which makes for very interesting reading as these have all left their mark on Malaysian gardens. Extensive coverage and coloured photographs make this book an important introduction to the flora of Malaysia.

TROPICAL FOOD PLANTS

A Guide to Herbs and Spices

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Wee Yeow Chin Singapore: Singapore Science Centre, 2003 Call No.: SING 581.63095957 WEE

Though compact and slim, the author packs in a whole load of information on spices and herbs. Each herb or spice has the following information: its botanical name, origin and distribution, parts used, uses, active ingredients, description of the plant and how to propagate the plant. Selected recipes using these herbs and spices are also featured. Great for first-time gardeners interested to learn about herbs and spices and also serves as a refresher course for those who could have lost touch with their knowledge along the way. The Edible Asian Garden

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Rosalind Creasy Singapore: Periplus Editions (HK) Ltd, 2000 Call No.: q635 CRE [HOM]

It was the delectable bak choy peering at me from the cover that attracted me to pick up The Edible Asian Garden. Written in an engaging style, the author takes us through the list of Asian vegetables from A to Z that you can grow in your very own garden. Freshness is the key to delicious cooking and what could be fresher than plucking the vegetables from your own backyard? Several mouth-watering recipes featuring these vegetables are compiled as well. Hmmm, can you detect that aroma in the air? Tropical Fruit

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Desmond Tate Singapore: Archipelago Press, 1999 Call No.: 634.6 TAT

Tropical fruits are not just fruits that are produced in Southeast Asia. Avocado, which originated from Central America is also classified as tropical fruit. Each page has the origin, distribution and varieties of the fruit. Their culinary uses are also highlighted in a small box at the side for easy reference. Accompanied with beautiful illustrations and recipes (which are courtesy of hotels like Mandarin Singapore, Conrad International and Ritz Carlton), this book will please all fruit lovers.

Tropical Vegetables of Malaysia and Singapore

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Wendy Hutton Hong Kong: Periplus Editions, 1996 Call No.: SING 635 HUT

This slim guidebook introduces over 50 vegetables commonly found in Singapore and Malaysia. The vegetables are listed according to their common English names, but also included are their scientific and family names as well as names in Thai, Malay, Indonesian and Tagalog. With its full-colour photographs of the vegetables, this guidebook is useful for expatriates or foreigners who wish to be better acquainted with our local edible plants (and their common applications). Five simple recipes are also included at the end. Two other similar books by the same author that are available in the libraries are: Tropical Herbs and Spices of Malaysia & Singapore and Tropical Fruits of Malaysia & Singapore. Gingers of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore

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K.Larsen, H. Ibrahim, S.H. Khaw and L.G. Saw Kota Kinabalu, Sabah: Natural History Publication (Borneo) Sdn Bhd, 1999 Call No.: SING 584.39 GIN

Do you know that there are over 20 species of ginger that are cultivated for use as spices, condiments, flavours and medicine? The common ginger that we consume is the rhizomes of a species known as Zingiber officinale. Increasingly, ginger flowers are also used for ornamental purposes because of their bright colours. Laymen may have some difficulty with the technical terms and scientific names but this book is highly informative, especially relevant to those doing specialized studies on this topic.

TROPICAL LANDSCAPING

Designing with Plants

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Piet Oudolf with Noel Kingsbury London: Conran Octupus Limited, 1999 Call No.: 635.9 OUD [HOM]

Rather than merely focusing on colour to enhance the beauty of your garden landscape, famed Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf also strongly believes that form, texture, light and movement can dramatically add to the attractions of any garden. Piet Oufolf, who is well-known for his innovative and forwardlooking designs, highlights various types of plants in terms of their form such as those which are like spires ­ these plants `thrust our vision skywards, reminding us of other realms' and buttons and globes which are `defined points ­ concentrated clusters of flowers tightly packed'. The attention to detail regarding all aspects of garden design is more than information enough to intrigue any plant-lover. The book jacket says that you can create `stunning and sculptural planting schemes'­ with such detailed information (even the shapes of the leaves of the plants are given their attention in this book!), this is not a book that you will want to miss. The Exotic Garden: Designing with Tropical Plants in Almost Any Climate

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Richard R.Iversen USA: Taunton Press, 1999 Call No.: 635.9523 IVE [HOM]

In The Exotic Garden, the author will show you how topical plants can be used to give character or mood to your garden. Practical advice, such as designing, maintenance, and growing tropical plants, are given. The section on `Container Gardening' will definitely help those who wish to grow an exotic garden on their rooftops or balconies. At the end, a glossary of tropical plants with titles such as `Decorative Interest' and `Horticultural Use' is listed with the aim of giving readers an idea on how the plant may be used. Tropical Garden Design

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Made Wijaya Singapore: Archipelago Press and Wijaya Words, 2003 Call No.: q712.60913 WIJ

In Tropical Garden Design, distinguished landscape architect and designer Made Wijaya shares the various sources of inspiration for his world-famous garden designs and how his ideas crystallized into a concrete format. Articulate beautiful prose coupled with colourful dynamic illustrations, the book is for those seeking aesthetic pleasures and/ or artistic inspirations for their garden designs.

Colour Your Garden

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Jill Billington London: Quadrille Publishing, 2002 Call No.: 635.968 BIL [HOM]

For the gardener, an understanding of colour is as useful as an understanding of soil and climate. This book will help them to understand colour and how it can be used when planning beds. The author even provides a list of plants listed in colour groups to make your choice of choosing palettes easy. Even if you are not a gardener, this is truly a beautiful book to flip through. The brightly-coloured photographs scattered across the pages shows how gardens can be created to have a character or mood that is unique. Gardens to Go: Creating and Designing a Container Garden

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Sydney Eddison New York, Boston: Bulfinch Press, 2005 Call No.: 635.986 EDD [HOM]

A garden grown in pots is something that anyone can do, and almost anywhere ­ as well as one being of the best options available to people living in small spaces. In this book, the author shows how one can create the perfect container garden for each unique environment. Practical advice, such as drainage, basic plants, types of containers and potted plants arrangements are provided. The beautiful colour photographs in the book will provide inspiration for your own container garden. Creating Garden Ponds and Water Features

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Debbie Roberts and Ian Smith London: Collins, 2001 Call No.: q635.9674 ROB [HOM]

A beautifully illustrated guide that sees you through from the alpha to the omega of incorporating water features in your garden. Written in practical step-by-step easy-tounderstand prose, the book highlights the factors for consideration, useful tips, and what to avoid each step of the way: planning, installation, planting, fishes, equipment and maintenance. Helpful information such as the different varieties of plants available; fishes that you might want to get or avoid, and also their likely common illness are also covered in the book. Although written mainly for a Western audience, the book is still very relevant for those interested in having water features for your garden in a tropical climate.

SPECIALISED GARDENING

Hydroponics for Everyone

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Struan K Sutherland and Jennifer Sutherland Melbourne: Hyland House, 1996 Call No.: 631.5850994 SUT

If you enjoy gardening but the thought of regular watering, feeding and battles with garden pests makes you give up the idea, don't! There is a better solution than to abandon your hobby or interest altogether. Hudor ponos! Hudor is the Greek for water and ponos means labour. We are talking about hydroponics. Hydroponics for Everyone is indeed a book for all and yes, beginners included. Far from being like an instructive manual, this book by the Sutherlands will amaze you with useful information from A-Z about hydroponics in a readable, interesting manner. In order to share the benefits of hydroponics, the author presents it in a prologue, which is titled `Confessions of a Despairing Gardener and How a Dentist Stopped the Heartbreak'. This then illustrated using cartoon visuals of the conventional gardener waiting for the seeds to germinate from dawn till dusk only to find his garden is full of pests at the end of the day! A brief history on hydroponics is also included in this book which interestingly had its roots with the famous hanging gardens of Babylon and the floating gardens in China. Interestingly, both the Aztec civilization and ancient Egyptians practised forms of hydroponics. Aside from that, the writer also shares the types of medium that can be used in place of soil such as sand, scoria, perlite, vermiculite and growool. So if you need to read just one book to capture the essentials of hydroponics, then Hydroponics for Everyone should be first in your reading list when you next head for our libraries. Pop Bonsai: Fun with Arranging Small Trees and Plants

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Lisa Tajima Tokyo: Kodansha International, 2004 Call No.: 635.9772 TAJ [HOM]

Bonsai, as all bonsai lovers know, is a form of art. Thus Pop Bonsai will be, to a bonsai cultivator, modern art. Created by author Lisa Tajima, Pop Bonsai aims to bring the art of bonsai to the young, and allow the traditional bonsai cultivators, who tend to take themselves too seriously, more room for self-expression. This book showcases Tajima's creative variation on an ancient art and teaches beginners the basic facts, the tools, techniques and maintenance of bonsai. Highly recommended!

Bonsai Landscapes

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Peter Adams London: Ward Lock, 1999 Call No.: 635.9772 ADA [HOM]

Bonsai Landscapes is a book about recreating your favourite landscapes in miniature. Detailed instructions are given for creating 10 individual landscapes that include Chinese elms in a seven-trunk landscape (saikei) to Chinese juniper in a seven-trunk raft on Ibigawa rock. For each landscape, step-by-step photographs are provided which are further complemented by practical advice and information. Information is also given on the basic components for bonsai landscaping, choosing healthy plants, tools needed and soil requirements. The Organic Garden Book

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Geoff Hamilton London: Dorling Kindersley, 2004 Call No.: 635.0484 HAM

An element associated with organic gardening is using our resources in a wise manner. Not surprising as organic gardening is regarded as a way of working with nature rather than against it. It is about recycling natural materials to maintain soil fertility and using natural methods of pest and disease control rather than relying on chemicals. This 288 paged-tome provides a comprehensive and step-bystep guide to growing fruits and vegetables au naturel. Filled with colourful visuals that will not only whet your appetite, one can easily imagine the real organic gardener at work and the bountiful harvest that can be enjoyed at the end of the day. The writer dispenses lots of useful tips in this book. For instance, he suggested that French marigold (Tagetes) should be planted between rows of cabbages to fool the cabbage white butterfly that is attracted to its host plant. The Organic Garden Book is indeed a comprehensive book as it covers the various types of gardens such as the ornamental garden, the container garden, the vegetable garden, the fruit garden, and the herb garden. This book, which is a result of 30 years of gardening and ten years of organic trials, is a good read which should not be missed.

WEB RESOURCES

Gardening Techniques

The Master Gardener's Gardening Techniques

http://www.emmitsburg.net/gardens/articles.htm This is a comprehensive list and there is definitely at least one article there that you will find interesting. The articles listed here provide many useful tips, for example reading the article on `Common Gardening Mistakes' can help novice gardeners avoid mistakes of not preparing the soil properly and planting at the wrong depth. There are also articles on the plants you need to attract butterflies and birds. Comprehensive and there is definitely one article there that you will find interesting.

EmilyCompost

http://www.emilycompost.com/ The tagline for this website is: `An internet plot with a garden of information' ­ indeed, it is. With a garden glossary, plant search and quotes, this community of online gardeners make this site a very welcoming place. If you have relevant tips that you wish to share on gardening, feel free to email Emily Compost to share with the world!

Indoor Plants NParks Floral Web

http://floraweb.nparks.gov.sg/ NParks FloraWeb is the online plant-reference database. This comprehensive guide offers information and photographs on a wide selection of plants, and aims to make gardening easier and more enjoyable for all. Under `Browse by Category`, one can find the types of indoor plants in Singapore. Covering 145 entries, it is arranged in alphabetical order from A ­ Aechmea chantinii (Amazonian Zebra Plant) to T ­ Tradescantia pendula (Silvery Wandering Jew). Accompanied by photographs of common indoor plants in Singapore, the website also states the plant requirements in easily understood symbols (a sun for full sunlight and a half-full can of water for moderate watering). A good place to start for beginners.

Bi-monthly newsletter from NUS Office of Estate and Development

http://www.nus.edu.sg/oed/onsite/issue7/handyTips7.htm This is a bi-monthly e-newsletter produced by the OED (Office of Estate Development) from the National University of Singapore (NUS). It offers handy tips like `Tips for Watering Soil Based Indoor Plants' to prolong the life of your indoor plant. An easy and informative read.

Houseplants: Gardening Indoors

http://www.gardening.about.com/od/houseplants/ A comprehensive website that provides links and resources to other articles such as determining lighting for houseplants to how to keep indoor plant pests in check. Definitely a website that you need to check out often.

Ornamental Plants American Orchid Society

http://www.orchidweb.org/aos/ Anyone who has read Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief (Call No.: 635.934409759 ORL [HOM]) knows that orchid lovers will do anything (some go as far as to break the law) to get the plants they love. Find out more about how and why these particular plants drive people potty with this website which includes general information about orchids such as propagation and other resources.

Perfect African Violets

http://www.theplantexpert.com/africanviolets/frames.html The introduction page to this website has as its header: `How to grow perfect African violets'. Well, if you want to find out more, dive in. Chockfull of information on anything related to African violets, this will surely please people trying to find a one-stop resource for these plants.

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