The Hothouse and Greenhouse Manual, or Botanical Cultivator; Giving Full Instructions for the ...

The Hothouse and Greenhouse Manual, or Botanical Cultivator; Giving Full Instructions for the Management and Propagation of the Plants . Sixth Edition

SWEET, Robert (1783-1835)

Published by Ridgway, London, 1839
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(8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches). [4], 762, [2]pp. Publisher's ad leaf in the rear. Contemporary green cloth, spine lettered in gilt Provenance: early owner's signature on the title Sweet's hothouse manual. Robert Sweet "was born in 1783 at Cockington, near Torquay, Devonshire. When sixteen years old he was placed under his half-brother, James Sweet, at that time gardener to Richard Bright of Ham Green, near Bristol, with whom he remained nine years. He subsequently had charge of the collection of plants at Woodlands, the residence of John Julius Angerstein . In 1810 Sweet entered as a partner in the Stockwell nursery, and when that was dissolved in 1815, became foreman to Messrs. Whitley, Brames, & Milne, nurserymen, of Fulham, till 1819, when he entered the service of Messrs. Colvill. While in their employ he was charged with having received a box of plants knowing them to have been stolen from the royal gardens, Kew, but was acquitted after trial at the Old Bailey on 24 Feb. 1824. In 1826 he left the Colvills, and till 1831 occupied himself almost wholly in the production of botanical works, while still cultivating a limited number of plants in his garden at [Pomona Place] Parson's Green, Fulham. In 1830 he moved to [Cook's Ground, King's Road] Chelsea, where he had a larger garden and cultivated for sale to his friends? He died on 20 Jan. 1835. He had been elected a fellow of the Linnean Society on 14 Feb. 1812. The botanical genus Sweetia was named in his honour by De Candolle in 1825" (DNB). The present work by Sweet includes chapters on stove plants, orchids, greenhouse plants, trees and shrubs, annuals and biennials, the forcing of bulbous plants and more. A contemporary review referred to the work as "the ultimatum on the subject for the British gardener.". Bookseller Inventory # 29724

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Title: The Hothouse and Greenhouse Manual, or ...

Publisher: Ridgway, London

Publication Date: 1839

Binding: 8vo

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