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Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2010

    Exactly what I was looking for.

    Fantastic book documenting the historical facts around the importation of plants to England as well as the history of the scientific plant names. A great read for those who love history, gardening, English and American 18th century history. An easy read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    Any Gardener Will Love This Book

    My interest in gardening and plants, coupled with my interest in history made this book intensely interesting to me. I was prompted to pick it up after a trip to John Bartram's Garden, in Philadelphia, now open to visitors. A wonderfully presented look back into time, and a surprise reveal that the beautiful estates and parks of Europe got their nursery stock from one man in the Colony!

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

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    This book describes how the introduction of the many new plant and flower species from the New World and Australia jump-kicked botany into a modern science and set off an English gardening craze that spread throughout Europe. The book is written in an easy-to-read, gossipy manner, so that the reader doesn't have to be a botanist to enjoy the prissy, nitpicking characters the author introduces.
    The book is nicely illustrated throughout. Fair warning: about half the bulk of the book is given over to a glossary, bibliography, notes, etc. The text is just shy of 250 pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2009

    Interesting and Fantastic.

    I am 50 percent through this book, and I find it exceedingly interesting on several levels--such as botany and taxonomy, botany and commerce/trade, botany and world travel (field ecology), botany and politics, botany and the upper class, botany and hothouses, botany and landscaping, naturalists, British history and U.S. history relating to botany. It is very well written. One may not necessarily agree with some of the themes as presented, but the wide range of material and the way it is presented is just amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2009

    Great book

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It was an area of history that is generally untouched on and of great interest to me.

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