Note: This list of references is not exhaustive but has been used by us on a regular basis. They are all user-friendly. Some publications have specialisations, for example the Bolnick/Bingham A Guide to the Common Wild Flowers is just that, as is the Burrows’Figs of Southern and South-Central Africa. Venter’s Making the Most of Indigenous Treesis a goldmine of information on propagating indigenous trees. Keith Coates Palgrave Trees of Southern Africa is familiar to many and is probably the most up-to-date and exhaustive publication on the trees of Southern Africa – filling a similar niche for amateur botanists asRoberts Birds of Southern Africa does for bird lovers. There are numerous other publications that are very useful. The Smith and Allen Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of the Miombo Woodland is an essential supplement for central and northern Zambia andFlora Zambesiaca is the central publication for all things botanical in this part of the world.


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A Field Guide to the Aloes of Malawi, Umdaus Press, Hatfield, 2004, ISBN 1 919766 27 8 Lane, Stewart S. Lane
Complete Gardening in Southern Africa, Stuik Publishers, Cape Town, 1995, ISBN 1 86825 704 5 Sheat, W.G. and Schofield, G. Sheat and Schofield
Creative Gardening with Indigenous Plants – A South African Guide, Briza Publications, edn. 1, imp. 3, 2005, ISBN 1 875093 29 X Joffe, Pitta Joffe
Encyclopaedia of Garden Design, Penguin Books, 2009, ISBN 978 1 4053 2905 7 Royal Horticultural Society RHS
Field Guide to Acacias of East Africa, Struik Publishers, Cape Town, 2006, ISBN 1 77007174 1 Dharani, Najma Dharani
Field Guide to the Acacias of Zimbabwe, CBC Publishing, Harare, 1999, ISBN 0 7974 1936 5 Timberlake, Jonathan, Fagg, Christopher and Barnes, Richard. Timberlake et. al.
Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of the Miombo Woodlands, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, 2004, ISBN 1 84246 073 0 Smith, Paul and Allen, Quentin Smith and Allen
Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa, Struik Publishers, Cape Town, 1997, ISBN 1 86825 922 6 van Wyk, Braam and van Wyk, Piet Van Wyk 1
Figs of Southern and South-Central Africa, Umdaus Press, Hatfield, 2003, ISBN 1 919766 24 3 Burrows, John and Sandra Burrows
Gardening in Southern Africa Throughout the Year, Struik Publishers, edn. 2, 2002, ISBN 978 177007 791 1 Alexander, Marianne Alexander
Gardening with Indigenous Plants, Struik Publishers, Cape Town, 1994, ISBN 1 86872 392 5 Kristo Pienaar Pienaar 1
Gardening with Indigenous Shrubs, Struik Publishers, Cape Town, 2002, ISBN 1 86872 788 2 Johnson, David, Johnson Sally and Nichols, Geoff Johnson and Nichols
Gardening with Indigenous Trees and Shrubs, edn. 2, imp. 1, Southern Book Publishers, Halfway House, 1998, ISBN 1 86812 766 4 Johnson, David and Johnson, Sally Johnson 1
Gardening with Keith Kirsten, Struik Publishers, Cape Town, 2001, ISBN 1 86872 507 3 Kirsten, Keith Kirsten
Grow South African Plants, National Botanical Institute, Kirstenbosch, 1999, ISBN 1 919684 15 8 Powrie, Fiona Powrie
A Guide to the Common Wild Flowers Zambia and Neighbouring Regions, edn. 2, Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia,2007, ISBN 9982 18 0630 Bolnick, D. Revised and edited by M. Bingham Bolnick
Indigenous Beginnings – A Practical Guide to Introducing and Growing Indigenous South African Plants in Your Garden, Metz Press, Welmemoed, 2008 Kearney, Anneke Kearney
Keith Coates Palgrave Trees of Southern Africa, edn. 3, imp. 3. Struik Publishers, Cape Town, 2005, ISBN 978 1 86872 389 8 Coates Palgrave, M. Palgrave
Know Your Trees, Some Common Trees Found in Zambia, Forest Department, Ndola, 1979 Storrs, A.E.G Storrs 1
Making the Most of Indigenous Trees, Briza Publications, Pretoria, 1996, ISBN 1 875093 05 2 Venter, Fanie and Julye-Ann Venter
More About Trees (A Sequel to “Know Your Trees”), Forest Department, Ndola, 1982 Storrs, A.E.G Storrs 2
Photographic Guide to Tree of Southern Africa, Briza Publications, Pretoria, 2000, ISBN 1 875093 24 9 Van Wyk, Braam, van Wyk, Piet and van Wyk, Ben-Erik Van Wyk 2
Plant Finder 2009 – 2010, Penguin Books, 2009, ISBN 978 1 4053 4176 9 Royal Horticultural Society RHS
Plants for Places, Dorling Kindersley, London, 2001, ISBN 0 7513 0983 4 Lancaster, Roy RH
Trees of Southern Africa. A.A. Balkema, CapeTown, 1972, ISBN 978 0 86961 033 6 Palmer, E. and Pitman, N. Pitman & Palmer
The Ultimate Book of Trees and Shrubs for Southern African Gardens, Southern Book Publishers, Halfway House, 1996, ISBN 1 86812 677 3 Pienaar, Kristo Pienaar 2
Wildlife Gardening in Southern Africa, Africa Geographic, Cape Town, 2008, ISBN 978 0 620 42523 0 Johnson, David and Johnson, Sally Johnson 2