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Strange Blooms: The Curious Lives and Adventures of the John Tradescants [Paperback]

Jennifer Potter
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Book Description

14 Jun 2007
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.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; New edition edition (14 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843543354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843543350
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Forget Alan Titchmarsh - it's the Tradescants of Jennifer Potter's Strange Blooms we should really salute... Beautifully produced and meticulously researched.' Andrea Wulf, Observer 'A tour de force... We owe Potter a huge debt of gratitude for the tireless research and sifting of evidence that have allowed the Tradescants and their great legacy to emerge so clearly at last.' Jenny Uglow, Sunday Times 'The Renaissance delight in the sheer protean variety of stuff in the world has met its ideal presenter in Jennifer Potter's open pleasure in details.' Jane Stevenson, Daily Telegraph 'Masterly... Jennifer Potter's achievement in Strange Blooms is to have breathed life back into the Tradescant name.' Alexander Urquhart, TLS"

About the Author

JENNIFER POTTER is the author of three novels and two works of non-fiction, Secret Gardens and Lost Gardens. She reviews regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and writes on travel and gardens for a wide range of national newspapers and magazines.

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fascinating family - grave in London
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5.0 out of 5 stars Of language and history 1 Oct 2009
Any one who reads New Scientist will know that the World revolves around North Carolina . This book does not disappointment . Yes amongst other places NC figures . Names come alive , such Lobelia , and erbs . It's for gardeners , geographers , historians and etymologists . This is the second copy I have bought and this one I sent to North Carolina to better foster the Special Relationship . It even explains the Ashmolian . Great fun .
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This is a present for a keen gardener and having looked through it I believe it will be a ideal present
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