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.
Magnolias 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 Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
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
Useful in Countries and Geographical Areas Adjacent to Northern Botswana in the Zambesi Basin
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.
The Tree that has Nourished, Healed, and Inspired Through the Ages
One of humankind’s oldest companions, the hawthorn tree is embedded in the memory of every culture across the northern hemisphere. This informative book explores the little-recognized political, cultural and natural history of the plant. Its fruits made the first wine, its flowers and thorns played a key role in pagan and Christian symbolism, and for thousands of years it was used to create the impenetrable hedges that have shaped the landscape of Europe.
A Microscopic Voyage into the Plant Cell
The eminent botanist Stephen Blackmore tells the story of plant life on Earth, from the origin of the first cell more than three billion years ago to the present, and traces our quest to understand these structures, from the invention of the microscope to modern scanning electron microscopes. Illustrated with images made possible by advanced microscopy, the book explores the world of plant cells and explains how, through photosynthesis, they create the energy on which all life on Earth depends.