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01/12/2018

Plant Hunting

View larger image of 'Seeds of Adventure: In Search of Plants'Cox & Hutchinson -  Seeds of Adventure: In Search of Plants
The two authors have been on 16 trips over a period of 40 years, mainly to the Himalayas and Western China –areas with amazing plant diversity and many of which haven’t been botanically visited since Ernest Wilson. And they have brought in to cultivation many of these plants they found. So read how they did it! 2008 12 x 9 ½ 415 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
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Price: £(GBP)28.50
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View larger image of 'Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker'Desmond, Ray -  Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker
Back in print again is this well researched and comprehensive account of the life and travels of one of the great pioneer Victorian plant hunters, and covers not just his visits to the Himalayas but also to North Africa and the Middle East, Antarctica and The Rockies and California. Illustrated with many contemporary drawings and botanical prints, there is much information about not only the plants but also the other aspects of his life. 1999 11 x 8 ½ 286 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £29.5), New
Price: £(GBP)20.00
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Earle & Reveal -  Lewis & Clark's Green World
The authors take us along the route of the expedition, recounting the challenges encountered by the explorer as well as describing and illustrating with a colour photograph the plants found by him. 2003 8 ¾ x 8 ¾ 256 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
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Price: £(GBP)8.50
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Hadfield, Miles -  Pioneers in Gardening
First published in 1955 this is an account of both the plant hunters and early gardeners who between them brought gardens to our present realisation. 7 ¾ x 5 214 pages
 
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Price: £(GBP)4.00
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View larger image of 'A Cactus Odyssey: Journeys in the Wilds of Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina'James D. Mauseth, Roberto Kiesling & Carlos Ostolaza -  A Cactus Odyssey: Journeys in the Wilds of Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina
Subtitled “Journeys in the Wilds of Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina", this is the very readable account of the Authors’ travels through the countries searching for the plants, and giving interesting insights about them on the way. A remarkable book. 2002 Timber Press 9 ¼ x 6 ¼ 306 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £29.95), New
Price: £(GBP)15.00
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Kirkham & Flanagan -  Wilson's China
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Cover: Hardback
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View larger image of 'Potted Histories (also published as Plant Discoveries)'Knapp, Sandra -  Potted Histories (also published as Plant Discoveries)
A marvellous book that both recounts the discovery of the plants that we now take as commonplace in our gardens, and also the botany of several plant families, all wonderfully illustrated with colour reproductions of botanic art over the centuries. 11 ¼ x 10 ¾ 2003 336 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
Comments:  (RRP £45), New
Price: £(GBP)40.00
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Mabberley -  Ferdinand Bauer - The Nature of Discovery
This is about the little known Bauer brother who travelled the world, whereas the other one stayed at Kew and is perhaps better known. The book recounts his life and explorations, well illustrated in colour, mainly of flowers and plants, but with a number of animals – the Koala Bears are quite charming! Merrill 128 pages 1999 11 ½ x 9 ¼
 
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Price: £(GBP)17.50
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View larger image of 'Flowers of the Amazon Forests'Mee -  Flowers of the Amazon Forests
Sixty of this intrepid traveller’s botanic illustrations are presentd in quite large format, supplemented with photos and other illustrations along with extracts from her diary. Her illustrations are some of the best, and show what is rapidly vanishing from nature. 2006 12 x 9 ¾ 167 pages
 
Cover: Hardback
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Price: £(GBP)17.50
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Phillips, H Wayne -  Plants of the Lewis & Clark Expedition
Follows the route of these intrepid explorers, using over 300 plants that they found with not only description and illustration, but also extracts from their journals. 2003 9 x 6 278 pages
 
Cover: Card
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Price: £(GBP)10.00
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View larger image of 'A Rage for Rock Gardening'Shulman -  A Rage for Rock Gardening
A concise biography of the renown plant hunter and gardener Reginald Farrer . 127 pages plus 8 pages of illustrations. 2002 7 ½ x 5
 
Cover: Softcover
Comments:  (RRP £6.99), New
Price: £(GBP)3.50
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Stuart -  The Plants that shaped our Gardens
More of a plant centric view of the development of plant usage in our gardens, this book is largely organised by the manner in which they have been used, with much fascinating information and well illustrated, mainly in colour. 10 ¼ x 7 ½ 2002 Frances Lincoln 208 pages
 
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Price: £(GBP)18.50
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View larger image of 'The Brother Gardeners'Wulf, Andrea -  The Brother Gardeners
A well researched yet very easy to read account of the early days of plant introductions to European cultivation, starting with what are perhaps some of less well known names of Bartram in the USA and Collinson in the UK, but also featuring Miller, Linnaeus, Banks, Solander along with many others and how they interacted with each other – and some were not angels! It brings to life all the practical difficulties of moving seeds and plants around the world, from sea salt and rotting through to piracy, and even the difficulties within the UK and Europe. 8 pages of colour illustrations. 2008 9 ½ x 6 ¼ 356 pages
 
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