THE GARDENER'S ATLAS the origins, discovery, and cultivation of the world's most popular garden plants by Dr John Grimshaw
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The flowering plants in a garden, and their variety of colour and form, are the result of hundreds of years of tradition, science, skill ... and intrepid exploration. They may be native plants which have been carefully selected to provide larger blooms or a great colour range, exotic species with origins in distant lands, or cultivars which have been painstakingly bred to confirm to an ideal of shape and form. THE GARDENER'S ATLAS probes into the past histories of many of the world's most popular cultivated plants, to discover how and where they lived in the wild and relates uplifting tales of their discovery is some of the remotest regions on earth. 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. Author Dr John Grimshaw adds his own enthusiasm and personal planthunting experience to bring his deeply authoritative text to life and creates the perfect volume for active gardeners, plant enthusiasts and amateur horticulturalists.
A beautifully illustrated guide to the origins, discovery and cultivation of the world's most popular garden plants.
About the Author
Dr John Grimshaw graduated from Oxford with a first-class degree in Botany. He has since lectured in ecology, botany and horticulture as well as contributing to a number of prestigious horticultural magazines and books. He is also an active planthunter who has made expeditions.