"Carolyn Fry sketches out humankind’s enduring hunger for botanical riches. She steps back 3500 years to Ancient Egypt, then visits different parts of the globe and celebrates the contributions of important personalities like Carl Linnaeus
and Joseph Banks
. This journey is told through a series of lavishly illustrated two-page spreads, each distilling an episode in the history of plant collecting down to its most engaging details. . . . Full of fun facts, intriguing asides." —New Scientist
The Adventures of the World's Greatest Botanical Explorers
US Publication Date: November 1, 2013 | ISBN: 978-0-226-09331-4| Cloth $30.00
From geraniums to begonias, the common plants that often adorn backyard gardens are rarely native to our region. The same goes for many of the diverse and delicious fruits and vegetables that grace our dinner tables. We take their accessibility and ubiquity for granted, unaware of the great debt we owe to the naturalists and explorers who traveled around the world in search of these then unusual plants and brought back samples and seeds—along with fantastic stories. In The Plant Hunters, Carolyn Fry pays homage to those whose obsession with plants gave rise to our own passion for botanicals and gardening.
Lavishly illustrated with more than one hundred images from the archives at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, The Plant Hunters offers an accessible history of plant exploration and discovery. From the naturalists of Alexander the Great’s entourage to pioneering botanists such as Joseph Hooker, Joseph Banks, and Alexander von Humboldt, Fry’s history covers the globe in its celebration of our fascination with plants.
Carolyn Fry is a journalist and a former editor of Geographical, the magazine of the Royal Geographical Society. She lives in the United Kingdom.
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