The Brother Gardeners (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 31, 2009 - Gardening - 368 pages
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Bringing to life the science and adventure of eighteenth-century plant collecting, The Brother Gardeners is the story of how six men created the modern garden and changed the horticultural world in the process. It is a story of a garden revolution that began in America.
 
In 1733, colonial farmer John Bartram shipped two boxes of precious American plants and seeds to Peter Collinson in London. Around these men formed the nucleus of a botany movement, which included famous Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus; Philip Miller, bestselling author of The Gardeners Dictionary; and Joseph Banks and David Solander, two botanist explorers, who scoured the globe for plant life aboard Captain Cook’s Endeavor. As they cultivated exotic blooms from around the world, they helped make Britain an epicenter of horticultural and botanical expertise. The Brother Gardeners paints a vivid portrait of an emerging world of knowledge and gardening as we know it today.


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

User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

The Brother Gardeners was a solid, interesting read about one of my favorite topics—gardening and gardening history (mostly in the UK). It won't necessarily pull people who aren't gardeners or ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Ilana - Goodreads

Interesting book for anyone who is a plant or history nerd. Read full review

Contents

The bright beam of gardening
34
All gardening is landscapepainting
85
9
149
Harvest
163
12
207
13
222
Epilogue
243
Bibliography
267
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About the author (2009)

Andrea Wulf was born in India and moved to Germany as a child. She trained as a design historian at London’s Royal College of Art and is coauthor (with Emma Gieben-Gamal) of This Other Eden: Seven Great Gardens and 300 Years of English History. She has written for The Sunday Times (London), the Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times, and she reviews for numerous newspapers, including The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, and The Mail on Sunday. She appears regularly on BBC television and radio. The Brothers Gardeners was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2008.


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