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100 Plants that Almost Changed the World [Hardcover]

Chris Beardshaw
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7 May 2013
From cars made of carrot to tea-smuggling spies; Popeyes spinach to the hallucinogenic effects of lettuce, renowned garden expert Chris Beardshaw takes us on a journey though historys most fascinating plants, flowers, vegetables and herbs: the ones that changed the world, the ones that almost did, and the ones that certainly didnt! Ranging from Roman times to present day and even covering future plant-inventions, 100 Plants that (almost) Changed the World is a fascinating compendium of stories about the plants and vegetables we see, nurture and consume every day. If you have ever wondered why carrots are supposed to help you see in the dark or why we hang fairy lights and decorations on our Christmas trees then this is the book for you a fun and quirky new volume that offers unique exploration of our planets most fascinating plants.

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Papadakis (7 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906506191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906506193
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 16.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Beardshaw is one of those rare educators who is able to communicate complicated subjects easily and with enthusiasm. He is a popular speaker on horticultural subjects at British educational institutions and on TV. This light-weight, handy-size book (a perfect companion for a traveler and those bed-bound) contains a collection of 100 concise reflections on the relationships that man has had with plants. Pointing out the chemical components that make each plant attractive, he tells how each plant earned its name and the part that it played in history. This digest of information will provide many delightful hours of reading for a gardener.--Marilyn K. Alaimo "Chicago Botanic Garden, December 2013 "

About the Author

Chris Beardshaw is an award winning garden designer, television presenter and author. He trained in horticulture and landscape design and after lecturing widely, now focuses on fronting and co-hosting tv programmes such as The Flying Gardener, Hidden Gardens, Gardeners World, Great Garden Detectives and Country Lives. He also runs his own practice, splitting his time between designing, lecturing, broadcasting, writing, campaigning and working with charities such as The Woodland Trust, The Salvation Army, The Environment Agency and The National Lottery.

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4.0 out of 5 stars old world charm 16 Aug 2013
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It wasn't what I was expecting thought it was another gardening book, but I like it, reminds me of the old apothecary books from 1800s, beautifully illustrated and very informative.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A book to dip into 4 Dec 2013
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This book has interesting stories about 100 plants. Most plants cover two pages, one page being mostly illustration. The illustratiions are bold and attractive. It is not a book to red from cover to cover but one to dip into occasionally. Ideal for a person who is interested in plants for whom you are trying to buy a small present.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative 10 Aug 2013
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Lots of well researched information regarding plants, their uses and their origins. Easy reading, with great illustrations. A small incite into the impact of plants on our lives, although quite a few of the major ones are not included, at the expense of more unusual ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The plant world 20 Dec 2013
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This book was so full of interesting information. Things that you never dreamt about associated with the plant's history is all there
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun yet informative with lovely illustrations 10 Oct 2013
I love the illustrations throughout and the stories are great. The tales are quite comical in places and yet actually quite informative such as the tea and the opium wars, and what the romans used nettles for along with some stories about modern day uses of plants. Great for reading on the move as its not too big
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