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The Gardener's Atlas: The Origins, Discovery and Cultivation of the World's Most Popular Garden Plants
     

The Gardener's Atlas: The Origins, Discovery and Cultivation of the World's Most Popular Garden Plants

by John Grimshaw, Bobby Ward (Contribution by)
 

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The flowering plants in your garden, and their variety of color and form, are the result of hundreds of years of tradition, science, skill and intrepid exploration. They may be native plants carefully selected to provide larger blooms or a greater color range, exotic species with origins in far-distant lands, or cultivars which have been painstakingly bred to

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The flowering plants in your garden, and their variety of color and form, are the result of hundreds of years of tradition, science, skill and intrepid exploration. They may be native plants carefully selected to provide larger blooms or a greater color range, exotic species with origins in far-distant lands, or cultivars which have been painstakingly bred to conform to an ideal of shape and form.

The Gardener's Atlas explores the histories of many of the world's most popular cultivated plants and reveals how and where they grew in the wild. It relates extraordinary and uplifting tales of their discovery in some of the remotest regions on earth — tales of determination and perseverance, of barter and exchange, and of international friendship struck up between enthusiastic horticulturists from the 1500s onward.

There are insights into how plants that are now simply decorative were once used for medicinal or cosmetic purposes, for food or ritual, and into how they earned their common or Latin names. This is a book which cannot fail to enrich your gardening experience.

Editorial Reviews

Rochester Eccentric
A wealth of information and enjoyment.
— Marty Figley
HGTV.com
Fascinating reference for almost anything that grows in your garden.... avid gardeners might find themselves reading it cover to cover.
— Jennifer Sergent
Scripps Howard Service
A fascinating reference for almost anything that grows in your garden.
— Jennifer Sergent
Montreal Gazette
It's a delightful and informative reference book to own.
— Stuart Robinson
Garden Compass
A truly unique publication.... All true plant lovers should have this volume added to their reference library.
— John Bagnasco
Oklahoma City Oklahoman
A fascinating reference... tales of intrigue and adventure... avid gardeners might find themselves reading it cover to cover.
Rochester Eccentric - Marty Figley
A wealth of information and enjoyment.
HGTV.com - Jennifer Sergent
A fascinating reference for almost anything that grows in your garden.
Montreal Gazette - Stuart Robinson
Grimshaw has put together one of the most interesting and adventurous books I've seen about our popular plants and their origins ... It's a delightful and informative reference book to own.
Garden Compass - John Bagnasco
Reads like the great adventures of plant hunters... a truly unique publication.... All true plant lovers should have this volume added to their reference library.
American Herb Association Quarterly
The format and presentation makes an interesting and visually beautiful way to learn about plants and botany!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552092262
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
07/05/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. John Grimshaw has contributed to a number of prestigious horticultural magazines and books. He is a committee member of the U.S., U.K., and Scottish Rock Garden Societies.

Dr. Bobby Ward is co-editor of A Garden of One's Own, a collection of the garden writings of Elizabeth Lawrence and co-author of A Contemplation Upon Flowers: Garden Plants in Myth and Literatures.

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