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The Plant Hunter's Garden: The New Explorer's and Their Discoveries

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Publisher Comments:

Many gardeners are vaguely aware of the "greats" of plant exploration, such as E. H. Wilson, George Forrest, or John Tradescant. Fewer may know the names of today's plant explorers or recognize the makings of a new golden age of plant discovery. Nonetheless, a quick visit to almost any nursery will reveal the bounty of these intrepid plant collectors, whose handiwork enriches gardens everywhere. The Plant Hunter's Garden profiles 32 of today's more prolific plant hunters. From the Czech Republic to the Rocky Mountains, Bobby Ward has sought out those explorers in the private sphere who are collecting plants specifically for horticultural introduction. While providing interesting details on the lives and careers of these new explorers, the real focus of the book is on the plants themselves. Ward asked each of the hunters to choose the very best treasures from their years of collecting, and has sumptuously illustrated these jewels in stunning photos. Many plants in these pages became bestsellers quickly after introduction from the wild, but hundreds more underappreciated gems are sure to entice and surprise any reader of this book. From the comfort of the armchair or the potting-shed table, readers of The Plant Hunter's Garden can embark on their own voyages of discovery in these delightful pages.

Review:

"An engaging account of the travels and travails of thirty-two modern-day plant collectors." Pacific Horticulture

Review:

"All 32 plant hunters profiled are worthy of attention. Homebodies who love to garden will savor reading about vast realms of uncommon plants, the unique people who set out to find them, and the magical places where plants do, in fact, reign supreme." Booklist

Review:

"Ward is a knowledgeable plantsman, and here he proves himself an accomplished hunter of plant hunters." Horticulture

Review:

"The book is full of stories about their adventures, and features startling photographs of the plants they have found. It's a great temptation to want them all. Ward's book will change the way you look at plants when you shop at the local nursery." Sacramento Bee

Review:

"This book on new plant explorers and their discoveries offers exciting information for the gardeners of the world." Joanne S. Carpender, National Gardener

Synopsis:

In this exciting book, some of today's most prolific plant hunters choose the best treasures from their years of collecting. While providing interesting details on the lives and careers of these explorers, the real focus of the book is on the plants themselves — all sumptuously illustrated with stunning photos.

About the Author

Bobby J. Ward is past president of the North American Rock Garden Society. He has a degree in plant physiology, received his PhD in botany from North Carolina State University, and is a retired environmental scientist. A dedicated gardener, he has long been interested in plant names and plant lore. His book A Contemplation Upon Flowers: Garden Plants in Myth and Literature won the Quill and Trowel Award of the Garden Writers Association.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780881926965
Subtitle:
The New Explorers and Their Discoveries
Publisher:
Timber Press
Foreword by:
Mathew, Brian
Foreword:
Mathew, Brian
Author:
Ward, Bobby
Author:
Ward, Bobby J.
Location:
Portland, OR
Subject:
Gardens
Subject:
Ornamental Plants
Subject:
Plants, ornamental
Subject:
Plant introduction
Subject:
Plant collectors
Subject:
Plant collecting
Edition Description:
Hardback - With dust jacket
Series Volume:
NASA/CR-2002-211685
Publication Date:
20041001
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
340
Dimensions:
10.64 x 7.68 x 1 in 2.69 lb

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Product details 340 pages Timber Press (OR) - English 9780881926965 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An engaging account of the travels and travails of thirty-two modern-day plant collectors."
"Review" by , "All 32 plant hunters profiled are worthy of attention. Homebodies who love to garden will savor reading about vast realms of uncommon plants, the unique people who set out to find them, and the magical places where plants do, in fact, reign supreme."
"Review" by , "Ward is a knowledgeable plantsman, and here he proves himself an accomplished hunter of plant hunters."
"Review" by , "The book is full of stories about their adventures, and features startling photographs of the plants they have found. It's a great temptation to want them all. Ward's book will change the way you look at plants when you shop at the local nursery."
"Review" by , "This book on new plant explorers and their discoveries offers exciting information for the gardeners of the world."
"Synopsis" by , In this exciting book, some of today's most prolific plant hunters choose the best treasures from their years of collecting. While providing interesting details on the lives and careers of these explorers, the real focus of the book is on the plants themselves — all sumptuously illustrated with stunning photos.
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