The Secrets of Great Botanists
And What They Teach Us About Gardening – RHS
Matthew Biggs profiles the lives and achievements of 35 botanists whose work in fields such as plant collecting, plant-based medicine, genetics or hybridization has significantly increased our understanding of plants. Richly illustrated with horticultural drawings, portraits and photographs, and noting how each botanist can inspire today’s gardeners, the book is arranged chronologically from the ‘Father of Pharmacology’, Pedanius Dioscorides (fl. 50 CE), through figures including Linnaeus, Joseph Banks and Gregor Mendel, to Patrick Blanc, the pioneer of vertical gardening.
1799–1865, Gardener-Botanist and Pioneer Orchidologist
John Lindley is remembered primarily for his pioneering work on orchids, but he was also a scientist, author and journalist. He was instrumental in saving Kew Gardens from closure and sat on a government commission into the Irish Potato Famine. This commemorative volume includes a survey of his life and career, followed by essays on aspects of his botanical work, accounts of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Library and Lindley Medal, and colour plates that illustrate his skill as a botanical artist.
A Rum Affair
A True Story of Botanical Fraud
In 1954 Professor John Heslop Harrison published his discovery of several plants on the island of Rum that were found nowhere else in Britain – they had, he claimed, survived the Ice Age. John Raven, a gifted amateur botanist, went to investigate and revealed Harrison’s claim as untrue, but academic botanists closed ranks and Raven’s report was never published. Karl Sabbagh tells the story of the two men and this strange episode of botanical fraud.
In Art and Cultivation
First brought to Britain from North America in 1687, the magnolia is considered to be one of our most beautiful ornamental trees. This volume presents over 150 large-scale and finely detailed paintings of the flowers by award-winning botanical artist Barbara Oozeerally. Each illustration is accompanied by authoritative information about their cultivation, and full botanical descriptions, covering all hardy species and around 100 hybrids.
The Genus Roscoea
A Botanical Magazine Monograph
Native to the Himalayas, Burma and Chia, Roscoeas are orchid-like hardy gingers and one of the outstanding gems of the plant world. This account of the genus provides detailed botanical descriptions and historical information for each of the 20 known species.
The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Celebrating 200 Years
A celebratory anthology of plants and flowers, this Florilegium was created by today’s botanical artists to mark the 200th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. Australia’s extraordinary flora has beguiled botanists and plant collectors since Sir Joseph Banks, who arrived in Sydney Cove in 1770, and each of the 85 plants depicted in this volume is accompanied by notes on its history, including early admirers among plant hunters, as well as a botanical description.
Flora of the Cayman Islands
In just 260 square kilometres the Caymans support 415 species of native plants, 29 of them unique to the islands. Illustrated with 250 drawings and 400 colour photographs, this thoroughly revised handbook describes these species and the geography and botanical history of the archipelago.
Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana Including the Okavango Delta
Including the Okavango Delta
With over 2,400 photographs of plants in the bush, this concise modern handbook describes around 530 flowering herbs, trees, shrubs, ferns, grasses and sedges, and includes information on traditional uses and beliefs for each species. The guide is carefully written to be useful to a wide range of professionals and tourists, including non-botanists and people whose first language is not English.
Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar
The island of Madagascar boasts almost 1,000 species of orchid, and nearly 90 per cent of those are endemic. Illustrating over 400 species in colour, along with descriptions, distribution maps and keys to genera, this is a detailed botanist’s field guide to Madagascar’s flowering orchids.
In Science, Cultivation, Art and Culture
The cyclamen is one of the most ubiquitous houseplants and, for a genus comprising just 23 species, it has attracted a large amount of attention from horticulturalists and botanical illustrators. This comprehensive survey explains the plant's botany and structure, its natural habitats and history of cultivation, and its representation in the arts and crafts. Watercolours illustrate the rich variety of foliage and flower that have contributed to its popularity.
The European Garden Flora Flowering Plants
Volume I: Angiospermae – Monocotyledons
Accessible to gardeners as well as professional botanists, this manual assists with the accurate identification of ornamental flowering plants cultivated in Europe. It now appears in a revised edition, reorganized in line with new taxonomic methods; Volume I covers all the Monocotyledons, the grasses and sedges, the aroids and the large and diverse family of the Orchidaceae.