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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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Plant hunting for Kew

Plant hunting for Kew

  • Author: F. N. Hepper
  • Publisher: HMSO Books
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 222
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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.

Robert Fortune

Robert Fortune

A Plant Hunter in the Orient

  • Author: Alistair Watt
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781842466193
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 420
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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.

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.

A Pioneering Plantsman

A Pioneering Plantsman

A.K. Bulley and the Great Plant Hunters

  • Author: Brenda McLean
  • Publisher: Stationery Office/Tso
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 184
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"Presents the story of Arthur [Kilpin] Bulley (1861-1942), a Liverpool cotton broker in an era of Empire and exploration. With a nose for profit and a love of flowers, he paid intrepid plant hunters to scour the mountains of China and the Himalayas for alpines and hardy plants. The plant hunters became famous, new species were discovered and gardens were subsequently enriched. The text portrays Bulley as a colourful eccentric and visionary with a passion for new and rare alpine and hardy plants. It describes how he created Ness Gardens from fields and established a famous nursery, Bees Ltd, to show and promote new flowers."--

Beyond Cladistics

Beyond Cladistics

The Branching of a Paradigm

  • Author: Sandra Knapp
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520267729
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 333
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"This multifarious volume does a splendid job of reflecting the breadth and depth of fundamental questions about the methods of systematics and biogeography, from the practical applications of conservation biology to issues of wide interest to evolutionary biologists."--Dr. Norman I. Platnick, American Museum of Natural History "A fun and informative volume that everyone interested in the subject will enjoy. This book is full of important discussions on Botany, Cladistics, and Biogeography."--Vicki Funk, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution "The Branching Of A Paradigm is the intriguing theme of this volume on the myriad of ways cladistics has impacted modern biology. Surprises from floristics to recent thoughts on epistemology await the reader."--Dennis Stevenson, New York Botanical Garden

Plants: From Roots to Riches

Plants: From Roots to Riches

  • Author: Kathy Willis
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1444798243
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 368
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Our peculiarly British obsession with gardens goes back a long way and Plants: From Roots to Riches takes us back to where it all began. Across 25 vivid episodes, Kathy Willis, Kew's charismatic Head of Science, shows us how the last 250 years transformed our relationship with plants. Behind the scenes at the Botanical Gardens all kinds of surprising things have been going on. As the British Empire painted the atlas red, explorers, adventurers and scientists brought the most interesting specimens and information back to London. From the discovery of Botany Bay to the horrors of the potato famine, from orchid hunters to quinine smugglers, from Darwin's experiments to the unexpected knowledge unlocked by the 1987 hurricane, understanding how plants work has changed our history and could safeguard our future. In the style of A History of the World in 100 Objects, each chapter tells a separate story, but, gathered together, a great picture unfolds, of our most remarkable science, botany. Plants: From Roots to Riches is a beautifully designed book, packed with 200 images in both colour and black and white from Kew's amazing archives, some never reproduced before. Kathy Willis and Carolyn Fry, the acclaimed popular-science writer, have also added all kinds of fascinating extra history, heroes and villains, memorable stories and interviews. Their book takes us on an exciting rollercoaster ride through our past and future and shows us how much plants really do matter.

Gardens of Empire

Gardens of Empire

Botanical Institutions of the Victorian British Empire

  • Author: Donal P. McCracken
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Gardening
  • Page: 242
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Gardens of Empire is the first book which gives a detailed analysis of the foundation, extent, management and achievements of the 120 botanic gardens, herbaria and botanic stations - from Hong Kong to British Honduras, Malacca to the Gold Coast, Fiji to Malta, Jamaica to Sydney - which flourished in the Victorian British empire. There young British curators faced the hazards of malaria, blackwater fever, occasionally a hostile indigenous population, snakes and dangerous animals, personal penury, and jealous settlers who usually opposed any suggestion of diversification from monoculture or of preserving the natural bush for ecological reasons. This is the story of a lost world - where pith-helmeted botanists tamed jungles and supplied Kew with the flora of the empire.