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Riassunto: This is the story of the men who discovered and brought back a wealth of exotic new plants. Journeying through remote and beautiful lands, often in great peril, they collected the plants that shaped western garden design for 200 years. The stories are illustrated with portraits, photographs and maps. The book traces the journeys of 10 of the most significant plant hunters, from the 18th century to the last of the professionals, Frank Kingdon-Ward. It travels with Captain Cook and Sir Joseph Banks to South America, New Zealand and Australia. It treks over 9000 miles across North America with David Douglas, who laid claim to 200 species. It also explores California, South America and South East Asia with the Lobb brothers, and climbs into the Himalaya with Joseph Hooker in search of spectacular rhododendrons. It follows Robert Fortune, as he smuggles tea plants out of China, the foundation of a vast cash crop vital to the development of the Empire. These and other stories vividly bring to life the pioneering work of plant hunters.
From Publishers Weekly: Ever wonder how flowers from all over the world ended up in the same modern gardens? The plant hunters are the answer: Sir Joseph Banks, "the father of modern plant hunting," circled the globe with Captain Cook, bringing back rubescent evergreens from Tierra del Fuego and tall, "swordlike, leathery" New Zealand flax. From Kew Gardens in 18th-century London, Banks set up "a systematic, worldwide plant hunting program" that brought 7000 species of plants into habitats they would never have reached. Banks's prot g Francis Masson toted the belladona lily and the cycad from South Africa to London. Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker introduced rhododendrons from the Himalayas, thereby shaping British gardening throughout the 1860s. And George Forrest endured civil war and mountain hardships in his treks across Yunnan, China, bringing back for his pains the spectacular scarlet Primula and a star-shaped gentian with the deep blue tint of outer space. The authors devote a chapter to each of these men, and five other admiring chapters to other explorers, showing what each famous plant hunter underwent to bring prize flora to Britain, and what effect each hunter's discoveries had on British landscaping and gardening. In the spirit of the Victorian amateur, this book doesn't address such questions as whether these exciting exotics damaged the ecosystems to which plant hunters brought them, or what these finds contributed to fields other than landscape gardening. It offers, instead, stories of daring explorers alongside beautiful pictures of plants and of the spectacular landscapes from which these men fetched back the stems and flowers that gardeners love so well. 90 color, 15 b&w illustrations.
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Descrizione libro Ward Lock Ltd, 1999. Condizione libro: Very Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Codice libro della libreria GRP57370938
Descrizione libro Hardback. Condizione libro: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Codice libro della libreria GOR001312763
Descrizione libro Ward Lock 05/11/1998, 1998. Condizione libro: used-good. - This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. . Codice libro della libreria 7719-9780706377538
Descrizione libro Ward Lock 05/11/1998, 1998. Condizione libro: used-good. Will be shipped promptly from UK warehouse. Book is in good condition with no missing pages, no damage or soiling and tight spine. There may be some dog-eared pages showing previous use but overall a great book. Codice libro della libreria 9053-9780706377538
Descrizione libro Ward Lock Ltd, London, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good+. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. Reprint. 224 pp numerous illustrations, bound in green. Bottom corners bumped hard otherwise book and dust wrapper clean and sound. Codice libro della libreria 023302
Descrizione libro Ward Lock Ltd, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. 1st Edition. jacket is a bit shelf rubbed. internally clean. well bound. fine copy.[S.K]. Codice libro della libreria 28ff
Descrizione libro Ward Lock Ltd, London, 1999. Cloth and Board. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. Reprint. DJ has some foxing to reverse, now in loose protective plastic overwrap. Photographic illustrated ends. 224pp includng index with illustrations throughout. This is the amazing story of those few and most remarkable of men who ventured into the unknown to find, and bring back to cultivation, a whole world of new and exotic plants. Journeying through remote and beautiful lands, often in great peril, they were rewarded with the dicovery of the plants that shaped western garden design for the next two hundred years. (IHoi-NWW-2L) Size: Quarto - Small. Codice libro della libreria 130576
Descrizione libro Ward Lock Ltd, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. The jacket is a bit shelf rubbed.Internally clean and tightly bound.EK. Codice libro della libreria jq13
Descrizione libro London: Ward Lock, 1998. Superior copy of this exciting account of 200 years of adventure and discovery around the world. First edition hardback in pictorial dust jacket, pale sage cloth boards, 224 pages, handsomely illustrated, mostly in colour. all near mint. No signatures or price clip, jacket protected. Fine+ / Fine+. Codice libro della libreria 10933
Descrizione libro Ward Lock, London, 1998. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Good. 224pp; illustrated, pictorial d/j, minimal edgewear. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Codice libro della libreria 044446