The Gardener's Atlas by John Grimshaw
The Origins, Discovery and Cultivation of the World's Most Popular Garden Plants

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The flowering plants in your garden, and their variety of color and form, are the result of hundreds of years of tradition, science, skill and intrepid exploration. They may be native plants carefully selected to provide larger blooms or a greater color range, exotic species with origins in far-distant lands, or cultivars which have been painstakingly bred to conform to an ideal of shape and form.

The Gardener's Atlas explores the histories of many of the world's most popular cultivated plants and reveals how and where they grew in the wild. It relates extraordinary and uplifting tales of their discovery in some of the remotest regions on earth -- tales of determination and perseverance, of barter and exchange, and of international friendship struck up between enthusiastic horticulturists from the 1500s onward.

There are insights into how plants that are now simply decorative were once used for medicinal or cosmetic purposes, for food or ritual, and into how they earned their common or Latin names. This is a book which cannot fail to enrich your gardening experience.


About John Grimshaw

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Dr. John Grimshaw has contributed to a number of prestigious horticultural magazines and books. He is a committee member of the U.S., U.K., and Scottish Rock Garden Societies. Dr. Bobby Ward is co-editor of A Garden of One's Own, a collection of the garden writings of Elizabeth Lawrence and co-author of A Contemplation Upon Flowers: Garden Plants in Myth and Literatures.
Published July 5, 2003 by Firefly Books. 224 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Within each chapter, Grimshaw includes maps describing how and when certain plants spread around the globe, personalities in the world of botany and horticulture, and the origin of some of our more quotidian flower names.

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