The Brother Gardeners
From the bestselling author of The Invention of Nature, a fascinating look at the men who made Britain teh center of the botanical world.
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - yvonne.sevignykaiser - LibraryThing
Read this for my non-fiction library book group. Interesting look at how modern English gardens came into existence. Many of the plants found and propagated were from the American colonies. the author ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Brian.Gunderson - LibraryThing
I really enjoyed this look into the heyday of British botany. It is amazing to see read how the botanical curiosity and diligent cultivation of several important figures shaped the world. Intrigue and ... Read full review
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