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History and Theory


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The Drunken Botanist
The Drunken Botanist
by Amy Stewart
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Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Thirsty yet? In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans... (read more)

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The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
by Michael Pollan
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In 1637, one Dutchman paid as much for a single tulip bulb as the going price of a town house in Amsterdam. Three and a half centuries later, Amsterdam is once again the mecca for people who care passionately about one particular plant -- though this... (read more)

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The Orchid Thief
The Orchid Thief
by Susan Orlean
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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK A modern classic of personal journalism, The Orchid Thief is Susan Orleans wickedly funny, elegant, and captivating tale of an amazing obsession. From Floridas swamps to its courtrooms, the New Yorker writer follows one... (read more)

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Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World
Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World
by Emma Marris
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A paradigm shift is roiling the environmental world. For decades people have unquestioningly accepted the idea that our goal is to preserve nature in its pristine, pre-human state. But many scientists have come to see this as an outdated dream that... (read more)

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Wicked Bugs
Wicked Bugs
by Amy Stewart
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In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world, Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes — creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs. From... (read more)

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Plants with Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers & Veggies in Your Garden
Plants with Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers & Veggies in Your Garden
by Helen Yoest
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Are some plants aphrodisiacs, or is that just a myth? Garden expert and plant detective Helen Yoest takes us on a romp through history, lore and ethnobotany to find out how 50 of these plants got their "hot" reputation - and what modern science has to... (read more)

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Wicked Plants: A Book of Botanical Atrocities
Wicked Plants: A Book of Botanical Atrocities
by Amy Stewart
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It's not easy being green. Mostly, everything else eats you. But some plants fight back with thorns and poisons. Some plants are: Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart.... (read more)

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The Big, Bad Book of Botany: The World's Most Fascinating Flora
The Big, Bad Book of Botany: The World's Most Fascinating Flora
by Michael Largo
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David Attenborough meets Lemony Snicket in The Big Bad Book of Botany, Michael Largos entertaining and enlightening one-of-a-kind compendium of the worlds most amazing and bizarre plants, their history, and their lore. The Big, Bad Book of Botany... (read more)

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How Carrots Won the Trojan War: Curious (But True) Stories of Common Vegetables
How Carrots Won the Trojan War: Curious (But True) Stories of Common Vegetables
by Rebecca Rupp
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How Carrots Won the Trojan War is a delightful collection of little-known stories about the origins, legends, and historical significance of 23 of the world’s most popular vegetables. Curious cooks, gardeners, and casual readers alike will be... (read more)

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Frederick Law Olmsted
Frederick Law Olmsted
by Charles E Beveridge
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Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing the American Landscape By Chalres E. Beveridge and Paul Rocheleau Edited and designed by David Larkin A man of passionate vision and drive, Frederick Law Olmsted defined and named the profession of landscape architecture... (read more)

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Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden: Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians (Borealis Books)
Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden: Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians (Borealis Books)
by Gilbert L Wilson
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Includes sustainable gardening methods from seed preparation to harvest, including the ceremonies, songs, and stories required for a bountiful harvest.... (read more)

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Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books)
Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books)
by Cindy Ott
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Why do so many Americans drive for miles each autumn to buy a vegetable that they are unlikely to eat? While most people around the world eat pumpkin throughout the year, North Americans reserve it for holiday pies and other desserts that celebrate the... (read more)

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The Cloud Garden: A True Story of Adventure, Survival, and Extreme Horticulture
The Cloud Garden: A True Story of Adventure, Survival, and Extreme Horticulture
by Tom Hart Dyke and Paul Winder
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Kidnapped by terrorists and held hostage at gunpoint two flower-hunting Britons live to tell their amazing... (read more)

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The Naming of Names: The Search for Order in the World of Plants
The Naming of Names: The Search for Order in the World of Plants
by Anna Pavord
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An exhilarating new book from the author of the worldwide bestseller The Tulip. The Naming of Names traces the search for order in the natural world, a search that for hundreds of years occupied some of the most brilliant minds in Europe. ... (read more)

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The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obession (Vintage)
The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obession (Vintage)
by Andrea Wulf
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Bringing to life the science and adventure of eighteenth-century plant collecting, The Brother Gardeners is the story of how six men created the modern garden and changed the horticultural world in the process. It is a story of a garden revolution that... (read more)

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Vegetables: A Biography
Vegetables: A Biography
by Evelyne Bloch Dano
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From Michael Pollan to locavores, Whole Foods to farmers' markets,  today cooks and foodies alike are paying more attention than ever before to the history of the food they bring into their kitchens—and especially to vegetables. Whether it... (read more)

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Tulipomania: The Story of the World's Most Coveted Flower & the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused
Tulipomania: The Story of the World's Most Coveted Flower & the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused
by Mike Dash
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In the 1630s, visitors to the prosperous trading cities of the Netherlands couldn't help but notice that thousands of normally sober, hardworking Dutch citizens from every walk of life were caught up in an extraordinary frenzy of buying and selling. The... (read more)

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The Gardens of the British Working Class
The Gardens of the British Working Class
by Margaret Willes
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This magnificently illustrated peoples history celebrates the extraordinary feats of cultivation by the working class in Britain, even if the land they toiled, planted, and loved was not their own. Spanning more than four centuries, from the earliest... (read more)

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100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names: Flowers That Grow on You
100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names: Flowers That Grow on You
by Diana Wells
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Illustrations by Ippy Patterson. From Baby Blue Eyes to Silver Bells, from Abelia to Zinnia, every flower tells a story. Gardening writer Diana Wells knows them all. Here she presents one hundred well-known garden favorites and the not-so-well-known... (read more)

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From a Victorian Garden
From a Victorian Garden
by Michael Weishan
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From a Victorian Garden is the first gardening book of its kind—a remarkable historical record and the point of departure for modern gardeners replicating the charms of a traditional turn-of-the-century garden for their own delight. Using period... (read more)

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