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Plant Hunter's Garden: The New Explorers and Their Discoveries

by Bobby J. Ward

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Many gardeners are vaguely aware of the "greats" of plant exploration, such as E. H. Wilson, George Forrest, or John Tradescant. Fewer may know the names of today's plant explorers or recognize the makings of a new golden age of plant discovery. Nonetheless, a quick visit to almost any nursery will reveal the bounty of these intrepid plant collectors, whose handiwork enriches gardens everywhere. The Plant Hunter's Garden profiles 32 of today's more prolific plant hunters. From the Czech Republic to the Rocky Mountains, Bobby Ward has sought out those explorers in the private sphere who are collecting plants specifically for horticultural introduction. While providing interesting details on the lives and careers of these new explorers, the real focus of the book is on the plants themselves. Ward asked each of the hunters to choose the very best treasures from their years of collecting, and has sumptuously illustrated these jewels in stunning photos. Many plants in these pages became bestsellers quickly after introduction from the wild, but hundreds more underappreciated gems are sure to entice and surprise any reader of this book. From the comfort of the armchair or the potting-shed table, readers of The Plant Hunter's Garden can embark on their own voyages of discovery in these delightful pages.

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"Many gardeners are vaguely aware of the "greats" of plant exploration, such as E. H. Wilson, George Forrest, or John Tradescant. Some may even have heard the stories of their discoveries of such familiar garden plants as dove trees, giant rhododendrons, and tulip trees. Even fewer gardeners, however, may know the names of today's plant explorers or recognize the makings of a new golden age of plant discovery. Nonetheless, a quick visit to almost any nursery will reveal the bounty of these intrepid plant collectors, whose handiwork enriches gardens everywhere. But where do these plants come from? Who found them, and how are they introduced? Which of these plants are the favorites of the plant hunters themselves, and which are really worth growing? Bobby J. Ward provides the answers to these questions in The Plant Hunter's Garden: The New Explorers and Their Discoveries." "The author profiles thirty-two of today's more prolific plant hunters. From the Czech Republic to the Rocky Mountains, Ward has sought out those explorers in the private sphere who are collecting plants specifically for horticultural introduction, not just as scientific specimens for botanical collections."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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