Strange Blooms: The Curious Lives and Adventures of the John Tradescants

Strange Blooms: The Curious Lives and Adventures of the John Tradescants


By (author) Jennifer Potter

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  • Publisher: ATLANTIC BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 218mm x 48mm | 3,438g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843543346
  • ISBN 13: 9781843543343
  • Illustrations note: 2 x 8pp b&w, 4pp colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,123,787

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In seventeenth-century Britain, a new breed of 'curious' gardeners were pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and new plants were stealing into Europe from East and West. The man responsible for introducing many of the plants to Britain at that time was John Tradescant, whose passion for collecting sent him as far as Russian Archangel, the pirate strongholds of North Africa and the battlefields of France. Tradescant's only son John was his apprentice. "Strange Blooms" tells the Tradescants' story - as gardeners, as collectors and above all as exemplars of an age that began in wonder and ended with the dawning of science. Meticulously researched and vividly evoking the drama of their lives, Jennifer Potter's book takes its readers to the edge of an expanding universe. "Strange Blooms" is a magnificent pleasure for gardeners and non-gardeners alike.

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JENNIFER POTTER is the author of three novels and two works of non-fiction, Secret Gardens and Lost Gardens to accompany the television series. She reviews regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and writes on travel and gardens for a wide range of national newspapers and magazines.