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The Plant Hunters

The Plant Hunters

The Adventures of the World's Greatest Botanical Explorers

  • Author: Carolyn Fry (Science writer)
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780226093314
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 63
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From geraniums to begonias, the common plants that often adorn backyard gardens are rarely native to our region. The same goes for many of the diverse and delicious fruits and vegetables that grace our dinner tables. We take their accessibility and ubiquity for granted, unaware of the great debt we owe to the naturalists and explorers who traveled around the world in search of these then unusual plants and brought back samples and seeds--along with fantastic stories. In The Plant Hunters, Carolyn Fry pays homage to those whose obsession with plants gave rise to our own passion for botanicals and gardening. Lavishly illustrated with more than one hundred images from the archives at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, The Plant Hunters offers an accessible history of plant exploration and discovery through short, informative entries. From the naturalists of Alexander the Great's entourage to pioneering botanists such as Joseph Hooker, Joseph Banks, and Alexander von Humboldt, Fry's history covers the globe in its celebration of our fascination with plants. She shows how coconut trees and numerous fruits and vegetables were spread from one country to many, and the significant role that newly discovered plants, including tulips, tea, and rubber, have played in economic history. The Plant Hunters also traces the establishment of botanical gardens and the many uses of plants in medicine. In addition to stunning botanical drawings, the book features several unique facsimiles, including a letter from Carl Linnaeus, the father of taxonomy; extracts from Joseph Hooker's notebooks; an extract from the orchid sketchbook of John Day; and an original map of Kew Gardens made in 1740 by Jean Rocque. This gorgeous and entertaining history will be a perfect gift for gardeners, and anyone fascinated by the intersection of the histories of science and discovery.

The Plant Hunters

The Plant Hunters

The Adventures of the World's Greatest Botanical Explorers

  • Author: Carolyn Fry
  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch
  • ISBN: 9780233005164
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 160
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Robert Fortune

Robert Fortune

A Plant Hunter in the Orient

  • Author: Alistair Watt,Mabberley, D. J.
  • Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
  • ISBN: 9781842466193
  • Category: Plant collecting
  • Page: 410
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This is the first full biography of the great Scottish plant collector Robert Fortune, famous for working in China and Japan from 1843 until 1861. This detailed presentation of his life includes an extensive analysis of his travels, plant collections and introductions, including the first maps ever produced of his collecting itineraries in China. Watt reveals that in order for Fortune to travel into the interior of China in search of new garden plants for the (later, Royal) Horticultural Society of London he had to adopt Chinese disguise, as it had been forbidden for Europeans to leave the confines of a few coastal Treaty ports. After the successful first expedition, Fortune made four more journeys to the Far East, including China, Taiwan and Japan in search of horticultural novelties. He succeeded admirably and very many of his discoveries are garden plants today. Two of his major expeditions were made in the employ of the British East India Company to aid the introduction of the tea industry into India and another expedition was carried out to investigate a possible tea industry in the USA. It has been a commonly accepted theme that Fortune was in some way 'a tea thief' and a 'spy'; the research in this book shows a completely different story. Using much new material Watt sets out to give a full account of the man, his explorations in 19th century China and the plants that he introduced into our gardens.

Kew's Global Kitchen Cookbook

Kew's Global Kitchen Cookbook

101 Recipes Using Edible Plants from Around the World

  • Author: Carolyn Fry,Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Staff
  • Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
  • ISBN: 9781842464960
  • Category: Cooking
  • Page: 160
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Kew's Global Kitchen Cookbook is a visual celebration of the amazing variety of edible plants and how we can use them. The range of edible plants is far broader than we may suppose, with huge variety, from all corners of the world, and continually changing in how they are used and perceived. Some now regarded as familiar were once exotic, such as tea, grapes and chillies, and the source of fortunes for those who 'discovered' and transported them, such as the staples of the Dutch East Indies spice trade - nutmeg, cinnamon and black peppercorns.A narrative main introduction gives context to the plants that provide the ingredients for the book's 101 recipes featuring plants from around the world, including parsnip tart, truffle crepes, Cincinnati chilli, orange vacherin, Kashmiri curry, plantation smoothie, sweetcorn and crab fritters and pineapple cheesecake with chilli. A further section features the herbs of Europe and the Mediterranean and spices from the East, with details on how they grow, tips for growing windowsill box herbs, and how to use and combine different flavours to the best effect. Each plant has its own story of travel and adventure, and historical, botanical and economic themes are brought to life through the text and beautiful botanical illustrations from Kew's archives. Relishing edible plants today needs to go hand in hand with acknowledging how lucky we are to have access to so much diversity, and how we need to preserve that for the future.The book is published in conjunction with the Kew festival IncrEdibles, from 25 May - 3 November 2013.

The Plant-Hunter's Atlas

The Plant-Hunter's Atlas

A World Tour of Botanical Adventures, Chance Discoveries and Strange Specimens

  • Author: Ambra Edwards
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1529410126
  • Category: History
  • Page: 208
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The Plant Hunter's Atlas is a lavishly illustrated volume telling some of the most extraordinary tales of horticultural discovery and exploring the characters behind the stories. Taking in the world's inhabited continents and spanning the centuries, the stories range from tales of derring-do in the age of discovery to modern-day botanists working at the cutting-edge of science. The text explores how plant hunters have been inspired by everything from scientific curiosity to economic greed, and their own ingrained sense of adventure. Each entry is illustrated with botanical artwork from the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew's unrivalled collection of historical illustrations. Among the plant hunters included are: Sir Joseph Banks, Charles Darwin, David Douglas, Reginald Farrer, George Forrest, Robert Fortune, Tadeáš Haenke, Tom Hart Dyke, Alexander von Humboldt, the Lobb brothers, John Sibthorp and Ernest Henry Wilson.

The Last Great Plant Hunt

The Last Great Plant Hunt

The Story of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank

  • Author: Carolyn Fry,Sue Seddon,Gail Vines
  • Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
  • ISBN: 9781842464328
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 192
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As humans adapt to a changing climate and planet, there is a pressing need for wild plant seed banks, and an urgent effort to conserve all plant diversity. Kew's Millennium Seed Bank is a unique, global asset. The largest seed bank of its kind in the world dedicated to wild plant species, it contains the world's most diverse seed collections. Over the past 10 years more than 3.5 billion seeds from nearly 25,000 species have been collected and stored in seed banks both in their country of origin and in Kew's Millennium Seed Bank. In October 2009 Kew's Millennium Seed Bank celebrated collecting, banking and conserving 10% of the world's wild plant species and the partnership now spans more than 120 institutions in 54 countries. The Last Great Plant Hunt describes the importance of seed collecting and the work of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, the process of collecting and taking care of seeds, the uses of banked seed, and the future of seed conservation worldwide. Beautifully illustrated and engagingly written.

The Botanical Treasury

The Botanical Treasury

Celebrating 40 of the World's Most Fascinating Plants Through Historical Art and Manuscripts

  • Author: Christopher Mills (Librarian)
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780226369341
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 175
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For centuries, an eclectic group of plants have captivated the world and propelled explorers to extraordinary lengths to collect them. The botanical treasury brings together centuries of botanical adventures and discoveries. It features a full-color exploration of our most important and interesting plants; facsimiles of rarely seen letters, maps, and journals from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; and forty beautifully reproduced prints. Equally extraordinary are the stories associated with the discovery of these plants, revealing the lengths to which collectors and growers would go to find them.

The Story of Kew Gardens

The Story of Kew Gardens

  • Author: Lynn Parker,Kiri Ross-Jones
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing
  • ISBN: 1782127488
  • Category: Gardening
  • Page: N.A
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This splendidly illustrated book about the world famous botanic gardens at Kew examines their historic impact and importance. With 250 fascinating photographs, many of them previously unseen, it describes the botanical, social, cultural, political and technological developments of the past two centuries and highlights the pivotal role that plants have played in British life. The tale of Kew Gardens embraces a wide range of themes, including: plant hunters, ecologists, explorers and other pioneers; the evolution of building and garden design; influential directors, architects and landscape gardeners; the gardens as a vital public resource; digging for victory - Kew in wartime.

The Plants of China

The Plants of China

  • Author: De-Yuan Hong,Stephen Blackmore
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1107070171
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 488
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A unique addition to the botanical literature, this book presents the flora of China in its astonishing diversity.