Botanical Progress, Horticultural Innovation and Cultural Changes, Volume 28

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Michel Conan, W. John Kress
Dumbarton Oaks, 2007 - Architecture - 278 pages
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From Roman times to the present, knowledge of plants and their cultivation have exerted a deep impact on cultural changes. This book highlights the religious, artistic, political, and economic consequences of horticultural pursuits. Far from a mere trade, horticulture profoundly affected Jewish and Persian mystical poetry and caused deep changes in Ottoman arts. It contributed to economic and political changes in Judea, Al Andalus, Japan, Yuan China, early modern Mexico, Europe, and the United States. This book explores the roles of peasants, botanists, horticulturists, nurserymen and gentlemen collectors in these developments, and concludes with a reflection on the future of horticulture in the present context of widespread environmental devastation and ecological uncertainty.

  

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Contents

Introduction
3
Private Gardens
37
and Botany in the Early Roman Empire
51
Floriculture and Gardening
81
East to Late Antiquities
129
Georges Metailie Museum dHistoire Naturelle Paris Grafting as an Agricultural and Cultural 147
47
Horticultural Contributions to Economic and Cultural Changes
201
The Emerging
223
Profession of Landscape Gardening in Early NineteenthCentury America
239
Qat Catha edulis Yemeni Horticulture
259
Index
273
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?W. John Kress is Chairman of the Department of Botany at Smithsonian Institution.

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