Peter D'Amato

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Peter D'Amato
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OccupationHorticulturalist, Author
Known forHis expert knowledge on keeping carnivorous plants in cultivation, and his nursery, California Carnivores.
Notable work
The Savage Garden: Cultivating Carnivorous Plants

Peter D'Amato is an American author, businessman, and carnivorous plant authority. He is the owner of California Carnivores, located in Sebastopol, possibly the largest nursery of carnivorous plants in the world, and the author of The Savage Garden (published 1998), a book on the cultivation of insectivorous plants.[1][2][3][4][5][6] His book won the American Horticultural Society Book Award and the Quill & Trowel Award from the Garden Writers Association of America, both in 1999.[7]


Peter graduated from high school in New Jersey in 1972 and attended the University of Miami, Florida, 1972–1974.


Peter D'Amato in a field of Sarracenia.

For almost 40 years, D'Amato has been growing carnivorous plants. In 1989, he opened the California Carnivores plant nursery. D'Amato is also the co-founder of the Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society along with frequently contributing to the International Carnivorous Plant Society's Carnivorous Plant Newsletter. Over the years, he has written several articles and lectured on the subject.[8]

He has traveled all over the United States speaking and giving lectures to different groups. Some of the places he has lectured at include:


D'Amato has also appeared on a number of TV shows including:


  1. ^ Snyder, G. 1998. Savage Garden: Carnivorous plants fill Sonoma County greenhouse with bizarre beauty. San Francisco Chronicle, October 30, 1998.
  2. ^ Lee, L. 2002. Sonoma's little shop of horrors: The world's largest public collection of carnivorous botanicals lurks in Sebastopol. San Francisco Chronicle, October 25, 2002.
  3. ^ Coffey, G. 2002. Weird world of the bug eaters: Carnivorous plants nibble at gardeners' sense of curiosity. San Francisco Chronicle, November 6, 2002.
  4. ^ Van Cleef, L. 2004. The Savage Garden. San Francisco Chronicle, July 21, 2004.
  5. ^ Yollin, P. 2007. Garden of savage delights: Carnivorous plant show comes to Golden Gate Park. San Francisco Chronicle, May 4, 2007.
  6. ^ Eaton, J. & R. Sullivan 2010. Snared by a taste for carnivorous plant life. San Francisco Chronicle, July 14, 2010.
  7. ^ D'Amato, P. 1998. The Savage Garden: Cultivating Carnivorous Plants. Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, California.
  8. ^ a b c "California Carnivores - About Us". California Carnivores. Archived from the original on 1 September 2008. Retrieved 22 January 2013.

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