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Brother Gardeners, The Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsessi By Andrea Wulf

Brother Gardeners, The Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsessi by Andrea Wulf

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Summary

From the scent of the exotic blooms in Tahiti and Botany Bay to the gardens at Chelsea and Kew, and from the sounds and colours of the streets of the City to the staggering vistas of the Appalachian mountains, this book tells the story how Britain became a nation of gardeners.

Brother Gardeners, The Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsessi Summary

Brother Gardeners, The Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsessi by Andrea Wulf

One January morning in 1734, cloth merchant Peter Collinson hurried down to the docks at London's Custom House to collect cargo just arrived from John Bartram, his new contact in the American colonies. But it was not reels of wool or bales of cotton that awaited him, but plants and seeds...Over the next forty years, Bartram would send hundreds of American species to England, where Collinson was one of a handful of men who would foster a national obsession and change the gardens of Britain forever, introducing lustrous evergreens, fiery autumn foliage and colourful shrubs.They were men of wealth and taste but also of knowledge and experience like Philip Miller, author of the bestselling "Gardeners Dictionary", and the Swede Carl Linnaeus, whose standardised botanical nomenclature popularised botany as a genteel pastime for the middle-classes; and the botanist-adventurer Joseph Banks and his colleague Daniel Solander who both explored the strange flora of Tahiti and Australia on the greatest voyage of discovery of modern times, Captain Cook's Endeavour. This is the story of these men - friends, rivals, enemies, united by a passion for plants - whose correspondence, collaborations and squabbles make for a riveting human tale which is set against the backdrop of the emerging empire, the uncharted world beyond and London as the capital of science.From the scent of the exotic blooms in Tahiti and Botany Bay to the gardens at Chelsea and Kew, and from the sounds and colours of the streets of the City to the staggering vistas of the Appalachian mountains, "The Brother Gardeners" tells the story how Britain became a nation of gardeners.

Brother Gardeners, The Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsessi Reviews

Praise for "This Other Eden": 'Masterfully told history of English gardens' - "Financial Times". 'A tale of plants, politics and passion' - "Sunday Express". 'This is a smart and readable combination of social history, politics, biography and drama ...written with real enthusiasm and expertise..."This Other Eden" is a delightful hybrid of novel and reference book' - "The Guardian". 'A book of considerable charm, an ideal present not only for those with a declared interest in garden history' - "House & Garden". 'Delectable, serious and beautifully illustrated' - "Literary Review".

About Andrea Wulf

Andrea Wulf was born in India and moved to Germany as a child. She trained as a design historian at the Royal College of Art and is the co-author (with Emma Gieben-Gamal) of This Other Eden: Seven Great Gardens and 300 Years of English History. She has written for The Sunday Times, the Financial Times, The Garden, The Architects' Journal, and regularly reviews for several newspapers, including the Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement.

Additional information

GOR001955493
9780434016129
0434016128
Brother Gardeners, The Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsessi by Andrea Wulf
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Cornerstone
2008-04-03
368
N/A
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This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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