I'm really excited to check out the new book Cacti & Succulents For Cold Climates by Leo Chance, published by Timber Press. After falling under the spell of a cacti garden in San Diego in 1976 (happens to the best of us, happened to me here) Leo returned home to his Zone 5 garden in the Colorado Rockies and spent the next 30 years learning how to replicate the look in a wildly different climate.
His book has chapters on cold-hardi cacti varieties, how to site and water them in a cold (and/or wet) climate, and how to propagate them from seeds and cuttings (great!). I have a dry bed under my neighbor's eave that I hope to turn into a cacti garden over the next few years. Fellow Portlander Danger Garden has really given me the bug. Oh, and I've just clicked over to her blog and see that she wrote a wonderful review of Leo's new book just yesterday. Now I want to get my hands on a copy even more!
You can find a fun interview with Leo Chance of the Timber Press blog here.