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The Plant Hunters: The Adventures of the World's Greatest Botanical Explorers
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From the Ancient Egyptians to the travelers along the silk and spice routes to the scientists still uncovering nearly 200 species a day, Plant Hunters tells the story of our obsession with all things that grow-both for their beauty and their economic potential. Accompanied by hundreds of beautiful illustrations, this intriguing tale moves from East to West and back again, introducing the botanists, explorers, and empire builders who gathered plants such as the coconut tree, roses, and numerous fruits and vegetables and brought them to foreign lands. These are the stories behind the plants we now take for granted in our gardens, as well as those that have enriched and impoverished nations.
"Kew 250th, plants, people, possibilities"--Slip case.
From our hunter-gatherer ancestors to the first agricultural societies and beyond, the great events of history have been entwined with the discovery and utilization of plant species for medicinal, nutritional, and commercial purposes. Now, as we face the challenges of climate change, our relationship with plants is more important than ever. Featuring many rare images from the archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, and 12 items of facsimile memorabilia--including extracts from the notebooks of famed explorers and naturalists--The Plant Hunters casts a fascinating light on the human past . . . and future.
About the Author
Carolyn Fry is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the former editor of its magazine, Geographical. She is the author of The World of Kew (a BBC TV series tie-in) and a contributor to various magazines, including BBC Online (science and technology) and Kew magazine
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