laying on counter book reviewIn this post I share a book review featuring The Gardeners’ Guide to Cactus by Scott Calhoun.

The Gardeners Guide to Cactus ‘The 100 Best Paddles, Barrels, Columns, and Gloves’ Video

Did you know that the cactus family is a group of plants containing around 2,500 different species?  You will find 100 of the best in this publication.  The video in this post gives you an idea of how the organization of the book and colorful images.  Be sure to watch the video and tell me what you think.  You know I love making videos! 

“To my dad, who introduced me to the desert and taught me how to remove cholla cactus spines from my leg with a comb” – Scott Calhoun

This video can be found on Bren Haas YouTube Channel.


You know I am a huge fan of cactus plants. I have a collection of favorites in my 20′ geodesic biodome here in Ohio.  So you can imagine I fall in love with this book each time I flip through the pages.

Below are a few of the highlights that make me love this The Gardeners’ Guide to Cactus even more!

  • Can you imagine a cactus needing frost protection?  It is true! Strategies on how to provide what the cactus needs and materials need to accomplish with ease are in this book.
  • Cactus soil mixes features by top cactus breeders and growers. HOW COOL IS THAT!!!  Watch the video in this post to see my favorite mix.
  • Tools of the Prickly Trade has 12 items you can find in your home to help you carefully and safely keep you and the plant happy.
  • Cactus Pest is a must for every publication about healthy plants in my oppinion and this book has it!

Bren Recommends

The Gardener’s Guide to Cactus ‘The 100 Best Paddles, Barrels, Columns, and Gloves’ by Scott Calhoun.  It is a must-have publication for anyone who grows indoors and outdoors.  This book written by Southwest gardeners has helped me in the Midwest north grow successfully in my greenhouse.  The book is a great tool to take with you on road trips when visiting gardens to help identify plants.  It would be greatly appreciated if you purchase The Gardener’s Guide to Cactus using my Amazon Affiliate link featured on this page.


I NEED This Cactus

These photos of the book in my office with grow lights on so the photos are pink! 

On page 94-95 of the publication the Mountain Ball Cactus is documented.  Pink flowers with yellow middles are to die for.  I am on a mission to find this plant to grow in my dome garden here in Ohio.  Let me know if you see it for sale anywhere.  I will drive for plants! 

I met the Author In 2012 Garden Tour

author Scott Cahoun

On a garden tour back in 2012 I got to meet the Author Scott Calhoun.  He is super nice and very informative when it came to touring the gardens in Arizona.  I shared some of my photos from that tour on my Flickr Account.

Let’s Connect

In conclusion of checking out this post I would love to hear from you.  Do you grow cactus?  Be sure to comment with me on this blog post or on my contact page.

Happy Cactus Growing,

Bren Haas


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