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The Potting Shed Papers By Charles Elliott

The Potting Shed Papers by Charles Elliott

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Charles Elliott casts a whimsical eye over gardens and gardening around the globe.

The Potting Shed Papers Summary

The Potting Shed Papers by Charles Elliott

In these essays, Charles Elliott casts a whimsical eye over gardens and gardening around the globe. From the Japanese craze for the Ingurishu Gaaden (English Garden) to the relentless plundering of tropical forests for glamorous orchids, from Bishop Compton's horticultural obsessions to sex and the single strawberry, Elliott seeks to bring to life some of the more remarkable episodes in horticultural history.

He introduces great plant hunters such as the intrepid Pe re Delavay and the oddball John "Johnny Appleseed" Chapman. His tales come from places as diverse as the Chelsea Flower Show and the jungle-choked gorges and valleys of the eastern Andes - home of the elusive fever bark tree.

The Potting Shed Papers Reviews

'Excellent as always. Charles Elliot is a wonderfully informed and engaging writer.' Bill Bryson

About Charles Elliott

Charles Elliott is an editor and writer who lives in London and gardens in Monmouth near the Welsh border. He is a regular contributor to Horticulture magazine, and has been a magazine editor and senior editor for Alfred A. Knopf in New York. He has written several books, including The Potting Shed Papers and More Papers from the Potting Shed. He lives in Monmouthshire and West London.

Table of Contents

Plants in particular: the lost orchid; an American tree in London; nettles; the peripatetic peony; the great white cherry; the meadow garen; mistletoe; "the most interesting plant in North America"; hyacinthine dragons and strawberry delights. Some people: Jagadis Chunder Bose; Joseph Rock; Canon Ellacombe; Reginald Farrer's last journey; Geoff; Henry Ward Beecher; the corncob lab; John Evelyn's elusive elysium; Pere Delavay. Husbandry: machines; gardening books; on keeping records; topiary; old saws; design and its discontents; names; the ingurishu garden. In retrospect: the picturesque garden; the fever bark tree; appleseed's seedling; the bishop's garden; the Quaker axis; birds in the garden; "American weeds"; big trees; the vegetable patch; Doctor Ward's boxes; sex and the single strawberry; the mulberry bubble.

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The Potting Shed Papers by Charles Elliott
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