Plantsman S Paradise

Author: Roy Lancaster
Editor: Antique Collectors Club Limited
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China truly is a plantsman's paradise: it is so rich in variety that there are upwards of 3,000 native plants on a single mountain in China - compared to around 2,000 in the whole of the British Isles. And, in the province of Yunnan alone, there are 137

A Plantsman In Nepal

Author: Roy Lancaster
Editor: Antique Collectors Club Limited
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In 1971 a five man expedition journeyed through north-east Nepal in search of seed and plants. For over three months the team travelled with its Sherpa cooks, guides and porters in the rarefied air of the High Himalaya, at that time little explored, and some of the world's highest peaks - Mt. Everest, Makalu and Kangchenjunga - became part of everyday scenery as they marched north towards the border with Tibet. Camping each night on a high pasture, in a ravine, bog or forest, the team discovered an array of interesting and wonderful plants and made over 400 seed collections. Many of the expedition's finds described are familiar in gardens in the west; many are less well known, but in both cases the author describes their garden potential and performance, often comparing a plant found in the wild, with the same species grown in cultivation. In many cases he discusses the history of the plants, and the plantsmen of old who first introduced them. As with his previous magnum opus, Travels in China - A Plantsman's Paradise, Roy Lancaster's powers of observation are not restricted to plants and trees; he also describes with great vigour the team's many adventures, the hilarious parties with Tibetan villagers, the birds and animals encountered, the difficulties and delights of employing and travelling with the guides and porters, as well as the resourcefulness, hospitality, charm and day-to-day life of the Nepalese. The account of the expedition was first published in 1981 and this much enlarged new edition, together with updated nomenclature and an additional chapter on a subsequent visit to Nepal by the author, is accompanied by some 270 colour and 70 black and white illustrations, the vast majority taken by the author himself. It will be irresistible to all gardeners and plant lovers, whether of the armchair or active variety, and a constant source of reference for students, plant explorers and plant historians.


Author: Anne Heseltine
Editor: Head of Zeus Ltd
ISBN: 1784979724
Size: 17,43 MB
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This book is the story of one garden and one family, over a 40-year time period. In their own words, Michael and Anne Heseltine describe the ups and downs of how they set about transforming and expanding a wild, overgrown and often dilapidated woodland into the magnificent garden they have today. Today, the garden at Thenford has an arboretum which contains more than 3,500 different species of trees and shrubs, including rare plants which were wild-collected by well known plantsmen including Roy Lancaster OBE, Allen Coombes, Keith Rushforth and Chris Chadwell. It is also well-known for its sculpture garden, which has an eclectic collection of work ranging from a white marble Tazza fountain to an enormous statue of Lenin. Beautifully illustrated with both professional photographs and private family images, this personal story of the creation of an extraordinary garden will delight horticultural experts and novices alike.

Seeds Of Fortune

Author: Sue Shephard
Editor: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408837749
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For over a century, and across five generations, the Veitch family pioneered the introduction of hundreds of new plants into gardens, conservatories and houses and were amongst the foremost European cultivators and hybridisers of their day. The story begins in 1768 when a Scotsman called John Veitch came to England to find his fortune, starting out as a gardener for the aristocracy. Realising that horticultural mania had begun to spread throughout the social classes, John's son, James, opened a nursery in Exeter and began to send some of the first commercial plant collectors into the Americas, Australia, India, Japan, China and the South Seas. By the beginning of the twentieth century, the Veitch's had become key figures within the gardening establishment, involved with the Royal Horticultural Society from its beginnings and the great Chelsea Flower Show. Combining an historian's eye for detail with a flair for storytelling, Shephard charts the fortunes of one family and through them tells the fascinating story of the modern English garden.

Country Life

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The Hidden Places Of Wales

Author: Joanna Billing
Editor: Travel Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781904434078
Size: 18,70 MB
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This beautifully illustrated guides explores the country in a relaxed narrative style by guiding the reader to some of the established visitor attractions but also focusing on the more secluded and less well-known places of interest and places to stay, eat and drink.Also known as the "Red Dragon", Wales is a country blessed with some of the most dramatic landscapes in Britain. To the north lies Snowdonia, a land of awe-inspiring mountains, wild moorlands and enchanting lakes. Further south the land is abundant with deep valleys and vast forests. Wales also has a rich cultural heritage full of myths and legends founded on Celtic ancestry but has an equally strong industrial past.