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In the Land of the Blue Poppies: The Collected Plant-Hunting Writings of Frank Kingdon Ward (Praise for the Modern Library Gardening Series)

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A Modern Library Paperback Original

During the first years of the twentieth century, the British plant collector and explorer Frank Kingdon Ward went on twenty-four impossibly daring expeditions throughout Tibet, China, and Southeast Asia, in search of rare and elusive species of plants. He was responsible for the discovery of numerous varieties previously unknown in Europe and America, including the legendary Tibetan blue poppy, and the introduction of their seeds into the worlds gardens. Kingdon Wards accounts capture all the romance of his wildly adventurous expeditions, whether he was swinging across a bottomless gorge on a cable of twisted bamboo strands or clambering across a rocky scree in fear of an impending avalanche. Drawn from writings out of print for almost seventy-five years, this new collection, edited and introduced by professional horticulturalist and House & Garden columnist Tom Christopher, returns Kingdon Ward to his deserved place in the literature of discovery and the literature of the garden.

Synopsis:

A Modern Library Paperback Original

During the first years of the twentieth century, the British plant collector and explorer Frank Kingdon Ward went on twenty-four impossibly daring expeditions throughout Tibet, China, and Southeast Asia, in search of rare and elusive species of plants. He was responsible for the discovery of numerous varieties previously unknown in Europe and America, including the legendary Tibetan blue poppy, and the introduction of their seeds into the worlds gardens. Kingdon Wards accounts capture all the romance of his wildly adventurous expeditions, whether he was swinging across a bottomless gorge on a cable of twisted bamboo strands or clambering across a rocky scree in fear of an impending avalanche. Drawn from writings out of print for almost seventy-five years, this new collection, edited and introduced by professional horticulturalist and House & Garden columnist Tom Christopher, returns Kingdon Ward to his deserved place in the literature of discovery and the literature of the garden.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [225]-[231]) and index.

About the Author

Frank Kingdon Ward was born in Manchester, England, in 1885. He was a professional plant collector and explorer for more than forty years and the author of more than twenty-five books, including The Riddle of the Tsangpo Gorges, recounting his journey into the worlds steepest river gorge. He died in 1958.

Michael Pollan is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Botany of Desire (available from Random House Trade Paperbacks) and Second Nature, named one of the best gardening books of the twentieth century by the American Horticultural Society. He is a contributing editor to Harpers magazine and a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812967395
Editor:
Christopher, Tom
Introduction:
Christopher, Tom
Author:
Kincaid, Jamaica
Author:
Ward, Francis Kingdon
Author:
Ward, Frank Kingdon
Author:
Kingdon Ward, Frank
Author:
Edited and with an Introduction by Tom Christopher
Author:
Christopher, Tom
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
History
Subject:
England
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Scientific expeditions
Subject:
Plant collectors
Subject:
Plant collecting
Subject:
Life Sciences - Botany
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Plant collecting - Asia
Subject:
Scientific expeditions - Asia
Subject:
Botany-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Praise for the Modern Library Gardening Series
Series Volume:
Volume 2
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 MAPS
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.54x5.48x.72 in. .83 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A Modern Library Paperback Original

During the first years of the twentieth century, the British plant collector and explorer Frank Kingdon Ward went on twenty-four impossibly daring expeditions throughout Tibet, China, and Southeast Asia, in search of rare and elusive species of plants. He was responsible for the discovery of numerous varieties previously unknown in Europe and America, including the legendary Tibetan blue poppy, and the introduction of their seeds into the worlds gardens. Kingdon Wards accounts capture all the romance of his wildly adventurous expeditions, whether he was swinging across a bottomless gorge on a cable of twisted bamboo strands or clambering across a rocky scree in fear of an impending avalanche. Drawn from writings out of print for almost seventy-five years, this new collection, edited and introduced by professional horticulturalist and House & Garden columnist Tom Christopher, returns Kingdon Ward to his deserved place in the literature of discovery and the literature of the garden.

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [225]-[231]) and index.
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