'I love this book! I love it for the broad canvas of flowers it
unfurls.' -- Liza Picard
A triumph of good research, sympathetic understanding and stylish writing. -- Charles Quest-Ritson, author of The English Garden: A Social History and editor of the RHS Garden Finder
Wonderfully engrossing... A remarkable book about two remarkable men. -- Deborah Moggach, author of Tulip Fever
`A wonderful book.' -- Jane Stevenson, Daily Telegraph
`This is a beautifully produced and meticulously researched book.
Potter has explored every possible avenue.' -- Andrea Wulf, Observer
In seventeenth-century Britain, a new breed of 'curious' gardeners were pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and new plants were stealing into Europe from East and West. John Tradescant and his son were at the vanguard of this change - as gardeners, as collectors and above all as exemplars of an age that began in wonder and ended with the dawning of science. Jennifer Potter's book vividly evokes the drama of their lives and takes its readers to the edge of an expanding universe. Strange Blooms is a magnificent pleasure for gardeners and non-gardeners alike.