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The Hidden Horticulturists

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Royal Horticultural Society
An enthralling read, full of fascinating stories and drawing on meticulous research, tracing the extraordinarily varied lives of over 30 Briti...
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Royal Horticultural Society
An enthralling read, full of fascinating stories and drawing on meticulous research, tracing the extraordinarily varied lives of over 30 British gardeners and how they helped shape British horticulture. Includes the rags-to-riches tale of Joseph Paxton (1803-65) and far-flung adventures of plant collector Thomas Bridges (1807-65), plus many little-known and oft unsung horticultural heroes. Social high-fliers mingle with gardening ne’er-do-wells; trainees from abroad and home-grown fruit experts; scientific rigour to push the boundaries of the possible and daredevil exploits in inhospitable climates. A rich and eclectic roll call, drawing on the biographical notes recorded in the Lindley Library’s ‘The Handwriting of Under Gardeners and Labourers’, a book which recorded – in their own words - the lives of gardeners coming to train at the Society’s Chiswick Garden in the 1820s.
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Hardback
24 x 16cm
352 pages
With black and white illustrations and two sections of colour plates
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