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The Origin of Plants: The People & Plants that have shaped Britain's Garden History [Paperback]

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Item description for The Origin of Plants: The People & Plants that have shaped Britain's Garden History by Maggie Campbell-Culver...

A fascinating history of Britain's plant biodiversity. How thousands of plants have been introduced into Britain over the last 1000 years by travelers, warriors, explorers and plant hunters. Text is supported by beautiful contemporary paintings and modern photographs.

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Pages   449
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.64" Width: 5.04" Height: 1.42"
Weight:   1.06 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2004
Publisher   Eden Project Books
ISBN  1903919401  
ISBN13  9781903919408  

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More About Maggie Campbell-Culver

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Campbell-Culver, a member of the Garden History Society for 20 years and of the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens since its inception, she managed the running and restoration of Mount Edgcumbe, the Grade 1 Historic Garden overlooking Plymouth Sound.

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1Books > Subjects > History > Europe > England > General
2Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Gardening & Horticulture > By Plant
3Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Gardening & Horticulture > Essays
4Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Gardening & Horticulture > General
5Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Professional Science > Biological Sciences > Botany
6Books > Subjects > Science > Biological Sciences > Plants > General

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Well-written, informative, entertaining  Nov 21, 2006
A wonderful reading for a plant lover. Provides a nice glimps into British history as well. A fortunate combination of Natural and Social history in one book.
First rate history of plants  Jun 27, 2003
This is an extensively researched and well-written book that investigates how garden plants arrived in England. The writer, a respected garden historian and fellow of the Linnean Society, has chosen to divide her material into centuries. She sets the scene with a look at Roman and Anglo-Saxon approaches to gardening and plants, then gets into more detail about plant immigrants, starting with the first century of the second millennium.

To put the reader more clearly in the picture the writer starts each chapter (century) with a list of significant dates so we can see how historical events influenced the arrival of plants. In the twelfth century, for example, plant introductions were influenced by the Crusades as plants were brought to Britain from the eastern Mediterranean region.

But this is not just a book about plants; it's also about the people associated with them. Sir Thomas More, for example, who in his book Utopia envisaged a town where everyone had a garden around their home.

New plants are still arriving in England from around the world. A "living fossil" tree was discovered in Australia in 1994. Its Latin name is Wollemia nobilis (it was found by David Noble) and it is known as the Dinosaur pine. Plants have been arriving from every continent for centuries and shared back and forth especially to Europe and the US. Just as many new plants went from the New World to brighten English gardens, so seeds and plants were taken to North America by English settlers to create gardens in their new homeland.

If you enjoy reading about the background and history of plants, who found them and how they came to us, you will enjoy this book. It has a very decent bibliography and deserves a place in every plantsman's (and woman's) library.


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