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Interesting account of botany and people who made it all happen
on 19 June 2016
Although not really a gardner myself, I enjoyed this account of how botany and gardening flourished during the Enlightenment. As interest in all things scientific grew plants were transported around the world to become features of new landscaping and gardens, particularly in England. This book is the story of how that happened and has quite a case of characters - Joseph Banks who was on the first Captain Cook expedition which found Botany Bay, and tracked the transit of Venus from Tahiti- Captain Bligh, whose mission to transplant breadfruit trees ended in mutiny - although he succeeded superbly later and Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of the more famous Charles.
There is also interesting account of the work by the Swedish Botanist Carl Linnaeus to classify and name plants, and of the opposition encountered. All fascinating and informative stuff - I had no idea so many of the plants we see everyday in England started as native species somewhere else and were deliberately brought to the shores.