The Origin Of Plants (Paperback)Maggie Campbell-Culver (author)
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A fascinating history of Britain's plant biodiversity and a unique account of how our garden landscape has been transformed over 1000 years, from 200 species of plant in the year 1000 to the astonishing variety of plants we can all see today. Thousands of plants have been introduced into Britain since 1066 by travellers, warriors, explorers and plant hunters - plants that we now take for granted such as rhododendron from the Far East, gladiolus from Africa and exotic plants like the monkey puzzle tree from Chile.
Both a plant history and a useful reference book, Maggie Campbell-Culver has researched the provenance and often strange histories of many of the thousands of plants, exploring the quirky and sometimes rude nature of the plants, giving them a personality all of their own and setting them in their social context.
The text is supported by beautiful contemporary paintings and modern photographs in 2 x 8 pp colour sections.
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 3640 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 29 mm
'Tim Smit, restorer of the gardens at Heligan, claims that post-ice age Britain had fewer plants than any region in the world. Yet today it boasts the "widest range of any nation on earth". The extraordinary explosion in biodiversity over the past millennium is the subject of this fascinating work.' * Financial Times *
'THE ORIGIN OF PLANTS is not only a good read, but it is a gardening, history and reference book skilfully interwoven. I am now able to enjoy the people and history associated with a lot more of my garden plants, thereby adding a further dimension to my gardening.' * Western Morning News *
Full of facts and legends, [The Origin of Plants] will appeal to both the general reader and the more-difficult-to-please scholars. It not only encompasses a thousand years of plant history - tracing the story of a plant's arrival in Britain and its subsequent development for garden-worthiness - but sets gardening in a social context in each era. It should be on every gardener's bookshelf. * Gardens Illustrated *
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