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The Plant Hunters: The Adventures of the World's Greatest Botanical Explorers [Hardcover]

Carolyn Fry
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10 May 2012
"The Plant Hunters" tells the story of our fascination with plants and the discovery of new species. From ancient times, when Alexander the Great included naturalists in his entourage, this intriguing story moves across the world, as plants such as coconut trees, roses and numerous fruits and vegetables were introduced from one country to another. It traces the establishment of botanical gardens and the discovery through exploration of plants that made or broke economies, for instance tulips, tea and rubber. Travelling right around the world and throughout history, this is the tale of the botanical pioneers who changed the face of landscapes.

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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd; Csm Nov Sl edition (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0233003568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0233003566
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 22.3 x 28.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Carolyn Fry is a freelance science and environment writer and editor based in London, UK. Her travels in search of stories have led her to: follow in Dr Livingstone's footsteps along the Zambezi river in Zambia; journey south to the world's most remote post office in Antarctica, climb a Swiss mountain on the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Alpine Club; and interview scientists creating a new botanical garden on the volcanic island of Montserrat. She has written six books on botanical and climate change themes, and appeared in the BBC 2 documentary 'Cruikshank on Kew: The garden that changed the world', to explain how plants helped build the British Empire. She is a former Editor of Geographical, the Royal Geographical Society's magazine.

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About the Author

Carolyn Fry is a journalist and author specialising in science, conservation and natural history. A former Editor of Geographical, the magazine of the Royal Geographical Society and a contributor to BBC Online (science and technology).

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4.0 out of 5 stars a coffee table book 7 Mar 2014
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This is indeed a very beautiful book- in a cardboard case and so well presented. However, I couldn't class it as a reference book as it
is 'bitty' with facts scattered here and there around the pages.Yet it is still worth owning for its presentation and quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 18 Jan 2014
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beautiful excellent would make a great present for anyone interested in plants and gardening very informative good layout good reference guide
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Buy. 20 July 2014
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I bought this as a present. The recipient loved it and thought it was an amazing book. She is a keen and knowledgeable gardener.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful botanic book 7 Nov 2013
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An inspired choice for my boss's birthday and I'm pretty sure he's going to love it. It's beautifully presented, in its own cardboard sleeve. The images are perfectly reproduced and it has a lovely feel to it. A proper book, with proper pages, none of this electronic malarkey!
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