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: Paperback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 194mm x 40mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 14 June 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843543354
  • ISBN 13: 9781843543350
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: integrated b&w images throughout, 2 x 8pp b&w plates & 4pp colour plates
  • Sales rank: 360,147

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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. John Tradescant and his son were at the vanguard of this change - as gardeners, as collectors and above all as exemplars of an age that began in wonder and ended with the dawning of science. Jennifer Potter's book vividly evokes the drama of their lives and 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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Author information

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

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"'Forget Alan Titchmarsh - it's the Tradescants of Jennifer Potter's Strange Blooms we should really salute... Beautifully produced and meticulously researched.' Andrea Wulf, Observer 'A tour de force... We owe Potter a huge debt of gratitude for the tireless research and sifting of evidence that have allowed the Tradescants and their great legacy to emerge so clearly at last.' Jenny Uglow, Sunday Times 'The Renaissance delight in the sheer protean variety of stuff in the world has met its ideal presenter in Jennifer Potter's open pleasure in details.' Jane Stevenson, Daily Telegraph 'Masterly... Jennifer Potter's achievement in Strange Blooms is to have breathed life back into the Tradescant name.' Alexander Urquhart, TLS"