Synopses & Reviews
Longwood Gardens of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, enjoys a long and distinguished tradition of plant exploration and introduction, dating back to the foundation of its arboretum in 1798. Since the 1950s, 50 such plant-hunting expeditions have taken place on six continents and in some 50 countries. These quests are the subject of Plant Exploration for Longwood Gardens, which tells the stories of the people who participated in what were often arduous but always stimulating adventures and the plants they brought back. Illustrated with 500 photographs, this book provides a complete account of these journeys to the far corners of the world and is sure to be a fascinating read for anyone interested in the history of plant exploration and introduction.
"An entertaining and enjoyable read. ... That the book honors those that have gone before and those plant explorers of today makes it 'worthy.'"
—HortMemo, April 30, 2006 HortMemo
"Each collecting region is introduced by a chapter, starting with a handsome map and short description of climate and plant communities. The chapters are filled with superb photos, most of which were taken by the collectors."
—S. Hammer, Choice, April 2006 Choice
"This extaordinary book is in celebration of the garden's centennial and provides stories of the people who participated in expeditions, bringing back plants, determining how to best propogate and introduce to the horticultural trade and home gardens."
—Florence Clowes, Polish American Journal, June 2006 Polish American Journal
Longwood Gardens enjoys a long tradition of plant exploration, and 50 such plant-hunting expeditions to the far corners of the world are the subject of this fascinating book. Illustrated with 500 photographs and containing many first-hand accounts, this is sure to be a captivating read for anyone interested in the history of plant exploration and introduction.
About the Author
Tomasz Anisko, curator of plants at Longwood Gardens, participated in seven of the expeditions described in Plant Exploration for Longwood Gardens. He received his master's degree in horticulture from the August Cieszkowski Agricultural University in Poznan, Poland, and his doctorate in horticulture from the University of Georgia in Athens.