Remarkably few native trees, shrubs or flowers are to be found in British gardens. In fact, the British flora is very poor in species: yew trees and holly bushes are very much the exception to the general rule that our woody garden plants are exotics. Similarly, the wild flowers of our hedgerows and woods have contributed remarkably little to the traditional British garen. Why should this be? Where have all these now familiar plants come from? Have they been domesticated from the wild or brought from abroad? The aim of this book is to throw some light on the origins of the plants found in British gardens. All the factors which have given rise to our many and various garden plants are discussed, together with the roles played by botanists and gardeners in this process. The rise of ecology as a science is described, and the book brings the reader up to date with a discussion of late-20th-century attitudes to gardens and garden plants.
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Book Description Collins, London, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. An fine copy of the first and only hardback edition; pp. 200, with sixteen pages of colour plates and over 60 black and white photographs and drawings. Dust jacket fine, perhpas a hint of fading to the band on the spine only, there is no change in colour of the bright orange flowers and stem of the honey-suckle, not price-clipped, now protected in a clear removable archival sleeve. Green Buckram boards fine. Contents clean and tight, no inscriptions, unmarked, unread. A fine tight copy. [Collecting the New Naturalists NN80A] Size: 8vo (16 x 22cm). Bookseller Inventory # 029438