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The Gardener's Atlas

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. This book 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, or for food or ritual, and also into how they earned their common or Latin names. Author Dr John Grimshaw adds his own enthusiasm and personal planthunting experience to bring his text to life and creates a lively volume for active gardeners, plant enthusiasts and amateur horticulturalists.
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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.


Grimshaw, a botanist and plant collector, describes the discovery of popular garden plants in their native habitats and their introduction to horticulture. Chapters focus on one or more plant families, such as lilies, poppies and peonies, buttercups and waterlilies, etc. Each chapter typically provides a map pinpointing the origin of selected species, botanical information, interesting stories about how the plants were discovered, and the breeding or hybridization carried out to improve them for horticulture. Additional essays profile botanical gardens or garden styles around the world, and a chapter on "Plantsman's Choice" highlights especially garden-worthy plants from each plant family. While this book is not a crucial purchase, many gardeners will relish the beautiful photographs and the stories about their favorite plants. For general gardening collections in public and academic libraries.‘Beth Clewis Crim, Prince William P.L., VA

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