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    Yes, I own the book, along with every other CP book ot there that I've found in the English language, (in all totalling only about 30 books). The last one I got was called Growing Carnivorous Plants by Barry Rice and it's also fantastic, a little pricier than SG but I love large format hardcover books! Either book will do fine for a first CP growers book. When you define a genus of plants you want to work with then you will probably want a genre specific books but these are both worthwile to own. Scan Ebay and Amazon and you will come across some additional books, be careful some of the CP books on Amazon are actually kiddie books full of glossy photos for kindergarteners to look at and not "about" cultivating the species, so read the descriptons and customer reviews first!

    If you're into growing Nepenthes (my old specific) you can actually check out Orchid Growing books, mostly the same cultivation information applies, except that Neps just need to be watered more often than most orchids and lowland neps don't like as much air circulation as lowland orchids - though the montane species require it.

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    You can try these links as well:

    CP Bibliography of Recommended Books for Beginners

    recommendations...

    Happy reading!

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    The Savage Garden is definitely a good book, but as rattler pointed out, it has quite a few flaws and errors. I didn't buy this book until after about a year of growing Nepenthes. I gathered all my information online through web pages and forums such as this one. I noticed some of the cultivation information provided in the SG is erroneous, but this could also be due to the fact that the book was written some time ago and more and more information is becoming available about CP's. Also, as Tropics pointed out, Peter D'Amato suggests cultivation tips that work for him in his climate, but may not necessarily work for others. Either way though, I bought the book because I like the pictures provided and some of the information can be useful. I just wouldn't rely solely on it as a bible (it is a good place to start).

    I started on this forum by reading through hundreds of posts about everything in general. It took a lot of time, but it was worth it in the end, because I got to catch up with a lot of the wisdom the long time growers here have imparted. Google was and is, definitely my friend in cultivation tips for CP's.
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    I've read TSG along with Barry Rice's book and Carnivorous Plants of the Americas (I believe it's called, I forgot the author) and I think The Savage Garden was the best of the three, simply because the CP of America's book only covered CPs in America, and Barry Rice's book was more of a picture book/general information, not so much as a how-to guide. The Savage Garden had a good amount of pictures, and is lengthy, a bit out of date though.
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    do believe the question was what other books should she get if she already has The Savage Garden...............at which point any mentioned works.....Barry's book is a very good supliment to Peter's book..............as is any of the others mentioned
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    I like the book good specie discription,
    good for media mixes but the cultivation is not like really precise for each specie for critical things like some neps but by thn you have been reading and asking on the forum

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