From the Ends of the Earth: Passionate Plant Collectors Remembered in a Cornish Garden

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Christian Lamb, 2004 - Gardening - 232 pages
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What risks did the early plant collectors take to bring us the plants we know and love? Who foudn what and where? And how similar are their finds to the plants we grow today? Christian Lamb has been to extraordinary lengths to find out. This lively and richly-illustrated book is all about the special plants that Christian grows in her small garden in Cornwall, which she calls her 'Living Plant Museum'.
 

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Contents

THAT MAGIC MOMENT
1
MY GARDEN ARRANGEMENT
6
REMEMBERING SIR JOSEPH BANKS
23
PLANTS I OWE LINNAEUS AND HIS APOSTLES AND
49
ORCHIDMANIA AND TULIPOMANIA
64
MOSTLY CLIMBERS
75
CAMELLIAS AND CHINA
106
FOCUS ON LEWISIAS AND REDWOODS
126
WHAT VEITCHS COLLECTORS FOUND
142
MORE MUST HAVE PLANTS
168
THE FLORA OFDOWN UNDER
182
FURTHERDOWN UNDER
195
HYDRANGEAS AND JAPANESE CHERRIES
203
THE PLANTAHOLICS MAGNET
213
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About the author (2004)

Christian Lamb has come to authorship late in life--she wrote this, her first book, while in her 80s and her WWII memoir I Only Joined for the Hat shortly thereafter. She lectures on plants and plant collectors and is a Fellow of the Linnaean Society

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