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The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession

The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession (Paperback)

By Wulf, Andrea

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The fascinating story of a small group of eighteenth-century naturalists who made Britain the epicenter of horticulture and transformed gardening from an aristocratic pastime into a national obsession. In 1733, American John Bartram dispatched two boxes of plants and seeds to the... London cloth merchant Peter Collinson. Most of these plants had never been grown in British soil before, but in time the American evergreens, magnificent trees, and colorful shrubs would transform the English landscape and garden forever. Over the next forty years, Collinson and a handful of botany enthusiasts would cultivate hundreds of American species. The Brother Gardeners follows the lives of six of these men whose shared passion for plants gave rise to the English love affair with gardens. Here is the extraordinary friendship between Collinson and Bartram; Philip Miller, head of the Chelsea Physic Garden; Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, whose standardized nomenclature helped bring botany to the middle classes; Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, who studied the flora of Brazil, Tahiti, New Zealand, and Australia on the greatest voyage of discovery of their time, aboard Captain Cook's Endeavour, From the exotic blooms in Botany Bay to the gardens at Kew, from the streets of London to the vistas of the Appalachian Mountains, The Brother Gardeners paints a vivid portrait of an emerging world of knowledge and of gardening as we know it today. It is a delightful and beautifully told narrative history.
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ISBN 9780099502371
Released AU 1 Apr 2009
Publisher Cornerstone
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780099502371
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Cornerstone
Imprint Windmill Books
Released 1 Apr 2009
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Wulf, Andrea
Category Social & Cultural History
Gardens (Descriptions, History Etc)
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 28mm
Dewey Code 635.094109033
Weight 342g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Horticulturists - Great Britain - History - 18th century, Plant collectors - Great Britain - History - 18th century, Gardening - Great Britain - History - 18th century
NBS Text Gardening
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade