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100 Plants that Almost Changed the World Hardcover – 7 May 2013

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Papadakis (7 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906506191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906506193
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.1 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,090 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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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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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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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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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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Gift for my wife who is enjoying it greatly.
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Bought it because it was by Chris Beardshaw and his previous books have been interesting. He gives considered views when he appears on tv and radio but this book is in a completely different style - brief and quirky and so different it did cross my mind that he had had nothing to do with it. It could have been put together by his publishers or publicists ready for the Christmas market or maybe that is a little cynical. Hope so because it was disappointing.
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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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