“The Civilized Jungle”

A series of tropical gardening books

A need has long existed for a series of books such as “The Civilized Jungle” Tropical Plants, Facts & Fun.   They are written simply, explaining tropical plants in an uncomplicated and sometimes humorous manner. In them, Tommy introduces us to an array of his “plant pals” – all of which flourish in the Clarkson’s Ola Brisa Gardens which is a spectacular, multi-terraced, tropical plant paradise in Manzanillo, Mexico.

He treats his plants with respect for what they are – living, growing and evolving entities with a purpose for existence. Accordingly his descriptions are such that we all can fast and easily understand their physical wants, needs and individual “personalities” in addition to their physical requirements and landscaping applications, as well as their traditional medicinal or culinary uses.

These tropical plants, palms, trees, bushes, flowers, vines, succulents and more are presented – via descriptive “word pictures”, accompanied by photographs – in a way that allows us all to come to appreciate their individual, unique characteristics or (as Tommy says) their personal plant foibles!

This is a fun and easy way to expand one’s awareness of some of nature’s most spectacular creations – the vegetation of the tropics. Like his stories written in war-torn Iraq, he has striven to reach the soul of the subject and bare it to his readership. In approximately 750 words for each plant, Tommy has been able to capture the unique essence of each of these vegetative life forms that he describes, make it meaningful, appreciated and easy to apply by readers for their own use.