Paxton's Flower Garden: Volume 1

Paxton's Flower Garden: Volume 1

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Best remembered today for his technically innovative design for the Crystal Palace of 1851, Joseph Paxton (1803-65) was head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth by the age of twenty-three, and remained involved in gardening throughout his life. Tapping in to the burgeoning interest in gardening amongst the Victorians, in 1841 he founded the periodical The Gardener's Chronicle with the botanist John Lindley (1799-1865), with whom he had worked on a Government report on Kew Gardens. Paxton's Flower Garden appeared between 1850 and 1853, following a series of plant-collecting expeditions. Only three of the planned ten volumes were published, but with hand-coloured plates (which can be viewed online alongside this reissue) and over 500 woodcuts, the work is lavish. Volume 1 includes colour plates of orchids, Lindley's speciality, along with a pitcher plant and Moutan peony, both still unusual and exotic at the time of publication.
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Product details

  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 120 b/w illus. 36 colour illus.
  • 1139095641
  • 9781139095648

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Drummond's Side-Saddle Flower; 2. The Glittering Gland-Bearing Trumpet-Flower; 3. Walker's Cattleya; 4. The Toothed Ceanothe; 5. The Changeable Adamia; 6. The Purple-Lipped Oncid; 7. The Ceylon Rhododendron; 8. The Tetrandrous Boronia; 9. The Long-Tailed Lady's-Slipper; 10. Dampier's Clianth; 11. The Sweet Trichopil; 12. The Magnificent Medinill; 13. Double Chinese Peach Trees; 14. The Two-Petalled Begonia; 15. The Cervantes Odontoglot; 16. The White Cunningham Rhododendron; 17. The Close-Headed Bejaria; 18. The Speckled Odontoglot; 19. The Upright Bryanth; 20. The Salmon-Coloured Moutan; 21. The Sessile Oncid; 22. The Kamtchatka Rhodotham; 23. The Oval and the Pallid Hoyas; 24. Varieties of the Ruby-Lipped Cattleya; 25. The Acuminate Onion; 26. The Gauntletted Tacsonia; 27. The Transparent Dendrobe; 28. The Gillies Poinciana; 29. The Crimped Gueldres Rose; 30. The Long-Petaled Epidendrum; 31. The Deep Blood-Coloured Moutan; 32. The Asoca; 33. The Variegated Oncid; 34. The Anglebearing Leaf-Cactus; 35. The Occidental Banksia; 36. The Blue Vanda; Index.
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