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The Plant Hunters: The Adventures of the World's Greatest Botanical Explorers

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  • Posted September 27, 2010

    Great gift for the plant lover and history buff on your gift list!

    The Plant Hunters ***ribbon***
    Author - Carolyn Fry
    Favorite Features -
    *includes more than 100 images from the archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew as well as drawings/sketches of plants from across time and around the world
    *enclosures throughout with facsimiles of documents, books and more really add a nice and special touch to this book
    *fascinating information on Tulipomania
    *covers first known transfer of plants from one place to another and follows it through the centuries
    *explains how plants were perused for pharmacies and profit and documents the exploitation of people for plants like sugar cane, rubber and tea
    *encourages conservation of plants
    *warns of invasive plant species

    As the author says, this book, "tells how plants were moved across the world". Before reading this book I never realized the power, wealth and control that came with owning and transporting plants. Not only is The Plant Hunters a genuinely lovely book with all the drawings, photos and sketches of incredible plants, but it is also fascinating to read and get a glimpse into where plants originated, how they were moved around the world and the history associated with it all - both positive and sadly, negative. This is a wonderful gift for the person on your list who loves plants and history and makes a lovely and interesting coffee table book. Tremendously well done!

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