Thomas Hanbury remains one of the outstanding figures of 19th-century horticulture, his legacy includes the gift of the gardens at Wisley to the Royal Horticultural Society. Yet, little generally is known about this Quaker philanthropist and lover of plants who was decorated by both the British and Italian governments. In a compelling book, gardener and writer Alasdair Moore traces Thomas Hanbury's remarkable life and passion for horticulture, examining how a young man from Clapham, London, not only formed the finest private plant collection of his generation, with over 5,000 rare and exotic plants from Africa and Asia alongside native Mediterranean flora, but came to have Italian streets named in his honour.
With unique access to Hanbury's diaries and family documents and drawing on his own gardening expertise and knowledge of La Mortola, Moore follows in the footsteps of Thomas Hanbury; from his formative years in Shanghai to his life in Italy, as that nation was reborn and Thomas battled to create his superlative garden.
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Table of Contents
|Chapter 1||La Mortola: Giardini Hanbury||23|
|Chapter 2||Shanghai bound||39|
|Chapter 3||Topside Galah||51|
|Chapter 4||Foreign devils||65|
|Chapter 5||Riviera Robinson Crusoe||87|
|Chapter 7||A garden in Italy||127|
|Chapter 8||The pitiful want of water||155|
|Chapter 9||The taint of opium and fruit of Shanghai||171|
|Chapter 10||A decorated father||201|
|Chapter 11||Inveni portum...||229|