Botanic Gardens: A Living History

Botanic Gardens: A Living History


By (author) Brian Johnson, By (author) Scot Medbury

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  • Publisher: Black Dog Publishing Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 234mm x 286mm x 30mm | 1,982g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1904772722
  • ISBN 13: 9781904772729
  • Illustrations note: 265 b&w & colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 466,507

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"Botanic Gardens: A Living History" is a comprehensive and practical guide to the world's foremost botanic gardens. This visually stunning book unearths the fascinating history of the botanic garden, from the first modern gardens founded in Northern Italy in the sixteenth century, to the technological achievements of contemporary gardens, such as the Eden Project in Cornwall. "Botanic Gardens" draws on a range of iconographic and textual treasures including photography, architectural plans, drawings, scientific journals and personal accounts. The key personalities involved in the establishment of the gardens are profiled - an extraordinary catalogue of explorers, scientists, noblemen, botanists, visionaries and dreamers. The architecture of the gardens is explored and the gardens' relationship with the wider world is also dealt with in depth. Featuring text by a range of writers including historians, scientists, horticulturalists and architects, this book is the only truly comprehensive and up to date survey of these institutions. Global in scope and culturally important, "Botanic Gardens" is a vibrant beautiful book.

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A wide range of expert voices chart the development of the botanic garden, including Rosie Atkins (founder of Gardens Illustrated magazine), Mike Maunder (Director of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden), John Parker (Director of Cambridge University Botanic Garden), Holly Shimizu (Director of the United States Botanic Garden), Gregory Long (President of the New York Botanical Garden) and Margaret Stevens (Founder and President of the Society of Botanical Artists).

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"A comprehensive look at these fascinating institutions." The Evening Standard "The feeling of wonderment that botanic gardens can bring is captured in this book perfectly." BBC Homes and Antiques "Enjoyable reading... Anyone interested in the scope of botanic gardens, including relatively unknown and recently founded institutions, will find this book a useful reference." BBC Gardens Illustrated