Plantsman in Nepal

Plantsman in Nepal

by Roy Lancaster
     
 

In 1971 a small group of botanists and horticulturalists organised a three-month expedition to the Upper Arun Valley region of eastern Nepal, to collect seed and specimens of ornamental and economic plants, both wild and cultivated. This book chronicles the travels of the three-man horticultural team. The journey often followed little known tracks through some of

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In 1971 a small group of botanists and horticulturalists organised a three-month expedition to the Upper Arun Valley region of eastern Nepal, to collect seed and specimens of ornamental and economic plants, both wild and cultivated. This book chronicles the travels of the three-man horticultural team. The journey often followed little known tracks through some of the world s most dramatic and lonely mountain terrain. The team either camped or enjoyed the hospitality of Tibetans in their isolated villages, sharing in their ceremonies, their meals, their dances. The native vegetation was still relatively undisturbed and the team enjoyed the thrill of walking through mixed woods rich in species including cream-barked birch and silver fir. Elsewhere it crossed alpine pastures sprinkled with blue gentians and the golden rosettes of Himalayan poppies. Frustratingly out of print for several years, this new edition has been thoroughly revised in respect of nomenclature whilst much new information has bee

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
First published in 1981 and out of print for several years, this new edition has been slightly expanded and lavishly illustrated. It is a visual delight as well as a riveting adventure story. In the autumn of 1971, Lancaster (Travels in China) joined a four-man expedition to the Upper Aran Valley of eastern Nepal for three months of collecting seeds of plants suitable for Western gardens. Here he gives a lively account of their travels, describing plants, birds, the terrain and the people they encountered. The expedition used Sherpa guides and local men and women as porters. Among their finds were a bizarre snowball plant and a rare golden edelweiss that has defied attempts at cultivation. Lancaster reports on the fate of some plants in English gardens and their locations. A new chapter details a return trip on which he led a tour for garden enthusiasts. For travel and natural history buffs. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781851491797
Publisher:
Antique Collector's Club
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Edition description:
enlarged and revised edition
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
8.74(w) x 11.08(h) x 1.02(d)

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