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The Passion for Pelargoniums: How They Found Their Place in the Garden Hardcover – 24 May 2007

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (24 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750944285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750944281
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 2.6 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anne Wilkinson's new book tells the story of the pelargonium, one of the most popular plants in Britain, Europe, America and Australia. Quick and reliable to grow for summer colour, and well marketed, most gardeners will have at least one in their garden or conservatory, without realising either the number or variety of species available, nor the plant's extraordinary history. "A Passion for Pelargoniums" reveals the fascinating and dramatic tales of those who have been involved in finding, classifying, collecting and breeding the plants. It explodes the myth that all modern versions of the plant are descended from the oldest known variety - the seventeenth-century drab-coloured P. triste, literally translated as the sad pelargonium, and reveals that 2,000 hybrids have been developed from less than a dozen plants originally imported from the East.

From the contribution of L'Heritier, whom Sir Joseph Banks named 'an impudent Frenchman', to collectors like Masson and the Marquess of Blandford (known for his 'elegant emporium'), competing nurserymen determined to make both fortunes and reputations, and the burgeoning Victorian varieties as growers searched for the holy grail of the scarlet geranium, the book recounts the plant's extraordinary history. Today, while traditional white ones, doubles, 'nosegays' and 'rosebuds' still flourish, the 'lemon-scented geranium' is only one of a number of scented varieties, while pelargoniums can have flowers of pink, red, purple, yellow or black. This is the story of how the passion felt by gardeners for their plants stirred them to bitter rivalry and criminal obsession, scandal, fraud, and fast dealing, and saw polite society being rather less than polite.

About the Author

Anne Wilkinson has a PhD in garden history. She has lectured on the subject, written academic papers for publications including Garden History and Hackney History, and contributed to Anna Pavord's series The Green Detectives on Radio 4. Her first book, The Victorian Gardener, was published by Sutton in 2006 and she lives in Essex where she enjoys growing historic plants.


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