Orchid Print Album
The purchase of a print from a Tokyo bookstore prompted the research and writing of this study of Shotaro Kaga who, with the orchid grower Kenkichi Goto began a pioneering breeding programme in the 1920s. Kaga commissioned watercolourists and woodblock artists to record the plants and the complete set of 83 prints, entitled Rankafu was published in 1946. This volume reproduces these masterpieces of botanical art along with information about the orchids and a further 60 watercolours by Zuigetsu Ikeda.
Kew's Global Kitchen Cookbook
101 Recipes Using Edible Plants from Around the World
Organized by continent and illustrated with artwork from the archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew this volume explores the culinary history of an eclectic variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices from around the world and presents 101 recipes that incorporate them, from cumin-infused Kashmiri fish curry to Cornish saffron cake.
A Kew Colouring Frieze
Sue Mason’s finely drawn frieze takes us on a colouring-in journey through the exotic habitats where wild animals roam and spice plants grow – tamarind and giraffes in tropical Africa, vanilla and iguana in Central America, cardamom and peacocks in Sri Lanka, and six more scenes of animals and the spices’ foliage and flowers in a continuous, pull-out frieze.
The Smallest Kingdom
Plants and Plant Collectors at the Cape of Good Hope
An ornithologist and a botanical artist, Mike and Liz Fraser lived at the Cape for twelve years, marvelling at the wild flowers and retracing the journeys of the first European plant hunters to visit this ‘botanical treasurehouse’. Illustrated with drawings, watercolours and colour photographs, their book begins with the early Portuguese and Dutch explorers and includes Kew’s first international collector, Francis Masson, as it follows the history of botany and botanical exploration at the Cape up to present-day research at Kirstenbosch.
A Cultural History
Jim Endersby explores ‘the curious and unexpected variety of significances that people have ascribed to orchids’ in western cultures, from Theophrastus’ herbals in ancient Greece to Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep, deadly species in science-fiction and ongoing research into Spider Orchids on the South Downs. The book looks at our relationship with orchids in terms of science, sex and death, and examines the theme of empire, describing how European imperial expansion and wealth stimulated the search for ever rarer orchids.
The Last Great Plant Hunt
The Story of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank
The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership comprises more than 120 plant science institutions in 50 countries and has collected and stored seeds from one in ten of the world’s plant species. This book gives a richly illustrated account of the global network dedicated to conserving plant species for future generations.
The Enlightenment's Natural Historian
An outstanding artist and natural historian, James Sowerby (1757–1822) was unusual in being his own researcher, writer, illustrator and publisher – and in being an artisan. This first full biography of Sowerby illuminates his contemporary world of natural scientists and is illustrated with his very fine engravings, including works from the great Flora Graeca; from Exotic Botany, which featured specimens sent from places as far-flung as Australia, Nepal and the Caribbean; and from books on fungi, fossils and minerals.
A Century On
Between 1899 and 1911, EH Wilson (1876–1930), the foremost plant hunter of his generation, travelled extensively in China. Initially searching for the dove tree, Davidia involucrata, he eventually collected and introduced many hundreds of plants into western gardens and arboreta. A century after Wilson, Flanagan and Kirkham, two modern-day plant hunters, retraced his routes to the high passes and exotic species of western China, often matching Wilson’s photographs of remarkable trees and landscapes with their own then-and-now images.
The Wild Flora of Kew Gardens
A Cumulative Checklist from 1759
Famed for cultivating plants from around the world, Kew Gardens is also home to many uncultivated species. Drawing on historic citations and herbarium specimen records, this illustrated catalogue lists all native and alien flora documented growing wild at Kew since its foundation in 1759.
In close-up photographs of flowers and their pollinators, the wildlife photographer Heather Angel reveals the key floral parts which aid reproduction and shows precisely how and where pollen is transferred to particular visitors. Taken in Kew Gardens, her own garden in Surrey and 20 different countries, the photographs include studies of wind pollination as well as bees, blister beetles and butterflies, a honey possum and many different birds, all captured in the act of pollinating. Slightly off-mint.
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.
Kew's Teas, Tonics and Tipples
Inspiring Botanical Drinks to Excite Your Tastebuds
With recipes including Oatmeal Posset, Chilli Hot Chocolate, and The Walled Garden (a cocktail made with rose water), along with short essays on topics such as tea drinking, bitters and fennel, and reproductions of botanical art, this colourful celebration of drinks, the plants used to make them and their history, comprises contributions from the ‘Kew community’, including Bob Flowerdew on making cider and Sarah Heaton on ‘drinking garden herbs’.
Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya
Joseph Hooker’s perilous explorations in the Himalayas between 1848 and 1851 resulted in the collection of some 5,000 different species of plants, none more celebrated than the rhododendrons. The three volumes of Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya (1849, 1851), with Hooker’s rough sketches transformed into lithographs by the botanical artist Walter Hood Fitch, were to have a lasting impact on British gardening. This facsimile edition presents the three volumes bound as one, along with short introductory essays. No jacket.
Starting his career as assistant-surgeon aboard HMS Erebus as it set off on a four-year scientific expedition to the Antarctic, Joseph Hooker (1817–1911) is now recognized as one of the founding fathers of botany. This concise, richly illustrated account traces his life and travels and discusses some of the hundreds of plants he collected and identified.
Heather Angel's Wild Kew
Attending Kew Gardens throughout the year, celebrated wildlife photographer Heather Angel has recorded the seasonal changes and weather effects on the trees and plants as well as the resident and visiting birds, insects, water fowl, squirrels and foxes. The book includes photography tips as well as a map of key photographic locations.
Growing Orchids from Seed
Published in the popular Kew Growing series and sponsored by the Orchid Specialist Group, this guide is written for amateurs and professionals without access to sophisticated apparatus and chemicals. With straightforward text and diagrams, it explains the whole process of growing orchids, from selecting or making equipment, through pollinating flowers, obtaining and storing seed, sowing and germination, to transplanting and growing on seedlings.
How to Bring Green Into Your Life
Drawing on the expertise of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, this practical guide selects the best plants for a variety of purposes in and around the home. The varieties are arranged in order of character – structural or edible, for example – and Katherine Price selects those compatible with domestic spaces, from window boxes to bedrooms and bathrooms, and outlines the care that each requires.
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.
A Concise Pictorial Guide
After briefly explaining the classification of plants, this introduction to the world’s flora comprises descriptions of more than 100 flowering plant (angiosperm) families, arranged alphabetically within two groups: the dicotyledons and the monocotyledons. For each family, the text presents a botanical description along with information on distribution and economic uses, while colour artworks and captions illustrate the plants’ key features. The book ends with a glossary and an index of common and scientific names.
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.
David Nash at Kew Gardens
The internationally renowned sculptor David Nash is known for his use of natural materials. This catalogue shows his work on display in Kew Gardens, provides an overview of his career, and reveals his working methods using timber from the Gardens’ tree management programme.
A Natural Gallery
David Nash sculpts wood with a chainsaw, creating forms that reflect their natural origin. This book chronicles his year-long residency at Kew Gardens, working with trees at the end of their lives. Photographs show the works in progress against a backdrop of the changing seasons.
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 disproportionate amount of attention from horticulturalists and botanical illustrators. This comprehensive survey explains the plant's botany and structure, its natural habitats, its 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.
Culinary Herbs and Spices of the World
The botanist Ben-Erik van Wyk presents a fully illustrated, scientific guide to nearly all the commercial herbs and spices in use today. After chapters on the history of spices and culinary traditions and lists of common names, the A to Z covers over 150 species, from Aframomum corrorima (Ethiopian cardamom) to Zingiber officinale (ginger), each illustrated entry giving details of the spice or herb, the plant, its origins, cultivation and culinary use and the chemistry of its flavour.
An A–Z Adventure through the Plant Kingdom
From the Alcoholic Agave, remarkable for its nine-metre high flower as well as its intoxicating sap, to Zoophilous plants and their cunning ways of attracting animal pollinators, this is an A–Z of botanical heroes, villains and eccentrics. The heroes are explorers and botanists such as Charles Darwin and EH Wilson; the villains include the deadly castor oil plant, described under U for Umbrella Assassinations.