What is on Desert-Tropicals.com
Desert-Tropicals is designed to provide you information
about plants. Our goal is to have gardening information on all
the plants that one can encounter in Phoenix. Considering that
gardeners are an adventurous bunch, it represents a lot of different types
of plant. It not only covers the plants that can grow outside in the
ground, but also the large number of container grown, strictly tropical
How did it start?
Desert-Tropicals.com is the brain
child of Philippe Faucon. It started during the holidays in
December 1998, and has been growing since. The number of species in
the database was almost 1000 at the end of 1999 with about 10,000 visits a
month. By the end of 2000, there are over 2200 pages and 140,000
visits per month. It represents many, many hours taking pictures,
researching, asking people about what is growing in their garden.
We are not a nursery.
This is about
Internet, about information available for free.
Who is Philippe?
Philippe was born in
France. His parents are still making wine in the south of France a
couple of miles away from the springs where the Perrier water comes
from. Philippe has been heavily involved
in desert gardening since he first arrived in the valley of the sun in
1984and is designing software for a living. He has 3
children, the youngest was born in August 2000.
How is the site financed?
The site is running very
lean, the monthly expenses are mostly covered by some advertising income
and the sale of the site CD.
How can you help?
Buying the CD helps, but we would
also love to have more articles or pictures. Just tell us about what
grows well in your garden. Talk about us to your family and