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Designing with Palms

By Jason Dewees

Photographs by Caitlin Atkinson

Breaks through the typical tropical stereotypes.…​If you want to successfully add more bold fronds and a tropical style to your landscape, this is the comprehensive book for you.


A must-have reference for landscape designers and nursery professionals.

Palms are a landscape staple in warm, temperate climates worldwide. But these stunning and statement-making plants are large, expensive, difficult to install, and create unique design challenges. In Designing with Palms, palm expert Jason Dewees shares every major aspect of designing and caring for palms. This definitive guide shares essential information on planting, irrigation, nutrition, pruning, and transplanting. A gallery of the most important species showcases the range of options available, and stunning photographs by Caitlin Atkinson show examples of home and public landscapes that make good use of palms.

Media reviews

"Together author Dewees and photographer Caitlin Atkinson break through the typical tropical stereotypes to broaden the restricted reputation of palms.…​If you want to successfully add more bold fronds and a tropical style to your landscape, Designing With Palms is the comprehensive book for you."


"After reading it’s nearly impossible not to have newfound appreciation for palms."

Garden Design

"Whether you love palms or not, Jason challenges us to see beyond the iconography—sometimes balmy and bold, sometimes tacky and misused—to really see this diverse and ancient plant family."

Cultivating Place

About the author

Jason Dewees

Jason Dewees is the staff horticulturist at Flora Grubb Gardens and East West Trees in San Francisco. Responsible for the Tree Canopy Succession Plan for the San Francisco Botanical Garden, he serves on the Horticultural Advisory Committee for the San Francisco Botanical Garden, and on The San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers Advisory Council.

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