Tales of the Rose Tree: Ravishing Rhododendrons and Their Travels Around the World

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From the towering Burmese magnificum, with its three-foot-diameter trunk and its masses of sweet-smelling purple flowers, to the potted pink azalea, glowing like a burning bush on the backyard garden patio, Rhododendron is a genus of infinite variety and beauty. There are 1,025 known species: it is a native of the snows of the Himalayas and the swamps of the Carolinas, the jungles of Borneo and the island inlets of Japan. It is also one of the oldest of plants - many believe the dove that returned to Noah's ark ...
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Overview

From the towering Burmese magnificum, with its three-foot-diameter trunk and its masses of sweet-smelling purple flowers, to the potted pink azalea, glowing like a burning bush on the backyard garden patio, Rhododendron is a genus of infinite variety and beauty. There are 1,025 known species: it is a native of the snows of the Himalayas and the swamps of the Carolinas, the jungles of Borneo and the island inlets of Japan. It is also one of the oldest of plants - many believe the dove that returned to Noah's ark was carrying a rhododendron sprig - although it has been known to western horticulture for only 300 years. The curious history of Westerners and rhododendrons is full of swashbuckling plant collectors and visionary gardeners, colonial violence and ecological destruction, stunning botanical successes and bitter business disappointments. And it is here related with consummate skill by Jane Brown, an English garden writer.
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Editorial Reviews

Dana Goodyear
Brown has written many sociological studies of gardening — including Vita's Other World, a wonderful "gardening biography" about Sackville-West's Sissinghurst — and her scholarship is impressive. Painstakingly, she tracks the rhododendron through history, myth, art, literature, offering up the story of the poison honey from a yellow "yolk of egg" azalea that sickened the troops in Xenophon's "Anabasis," the Abominable Snowman spotted eating rhododendrons in the Himalayas in 1925 and the fashionable midcentury textile designs of Marion Dorn.
— The New York Times
Library Journal
In this scholarly and entertaining disquisition, Brown, a British garden historian, explores a variety of themes, particularly the "discovery" of rhododendrons by plant explorers in Asia and America and the commercial and social history surrounding this flower as it became enormously popular in Britain. Though some of this history has been covered by other horticultural writers-see Gerd Krussmann's Rhododendrons: Their History, Geographical Distribution, Hybridization and Culture-Brown draws widely from other fields and enriches her examination with discursive forays into such topics as the depiction of rhododendrons in the fine and decorative arts, rhododendrons in botanical medicine, and the current environmental problem of Rhododendron ponticum in the U.K. countryside. If there is any weakness here, it is the prominent omission of some significant rhododendron gardens in the appendix list of best places to see rhododendrons in the United States. Otherwise, this well-researched romp through the horticultural history of a widely grown ornamental plant is highly recommended for all libraries and for general readers and specialists alike.-Brian Lym, Hunter Coll. Lib., New York Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567923124
  • Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

1 A rose by another name 1
2 Sinogrande's story 24
3 The king's botanist's tale 62
4 What James, Harry and Clara did 101
5 Power flowers 138
6 'Pink Pearl' queen of the Bagshot Sands 174
7 The ecologists' tales 213
8 Rhododendrons now! 243
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