The plant hunters: Being an examination of collecting, with an account of the careers & the methods of a number of those who have searched the world for wild plants

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Tales of the botanist explorers who enriched our gardens.

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Slime pits, bribery, jaguars, murder...what would drive someone through such risks merely to find new plants? From Queen Hatshepsut's expedition to the land of Punt in 1482 B.C. in search of frankincense, to more recent botanical expeditions, here are the dramatic adventures of The Plant Hunters. We meet Pliny, Linnaeus, Sir Joseph Banks, Nathaniel Ward, and others and find out what they brought back and why. A fascinating collection for gardeners interested in how now-familiar plants arrived in their gardens, and for anyone with a thirst for adventure and scientific discover. (6 X 9, 296 pages)

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