Most botanical gardens include succulents in their collections; few are devoted solely to them. In Succulent Paradise, the reader is taken on a verbal and visual tour of twelve exceptional succulent gardens. The authors have visited gardens around the world dedicated to the display, cultivation and propagation of succulent plants.
Prof. Gideon F. Smith is Chief Director: Biosystematics Research and Biodiversity Collections at the SA National Biodiversity Institute. He is involved in various national and international environmental associations and advisory committees. His interests are in the biology and classification of succulent plants, as well as landscaping and horticulture. South Africa's most prolific author on succulent plants, he has authored or co-authored +40 books, and more than 500 research and popular papers, mostly on succulents. Dr Estrela Figueiredo is a research associate at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth and the University of Coimbra in Portugal. Her interests are in the African flora, plant classification, sustainable gardening, and landscaping. She has authored or co-authored books on aloes, ferns and Angolan flora.