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Plants: From Roots to Riches

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    Available in PDF - DJVU Format | Plants: From Roots to Riches.pdf | Language: ENGLISH
    Kathy Willis(Author) Carolyn Fry(Compiler)

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Tie-in to the landmark 25-part BBC Radio 4 series with Kew Gardens.

Our peculiarly British obsession with gardens goes back a long way and Plants: From Roots to Riches takes us back to where it all began. Across 25 vivid episodes, Kathy Willis, Kew's charismatic Head of Science, shows us how the last 250 years transformed our relationship with plants.

Behind the scenes at the Botanical Gardens all kinds of surprising things have been going on. As the British Empire painted the atlas red, explorers, adventurers and scientists brought the most interesting specimens and information back to London.

From the discovery of Botany Bay to the horrors of the potato famine, from orchid hunters to quinine smugglers, from Darwin's experiments to the unexpected knowledge unlocked by the 1987 hurricane, understanding how plants work has changed our history and could safeguard our future.

In the style of A History of the World in 100 Objects, each chapter tells a separate story, but, gathered together, a great picture unfolds, of our most remarkable science, botany.

Plants: From Roots to Riches is a beautifully designed book, packed with 200 images in both colour and black and white from Kew's amazing archives, some never reproduced before. Kathy Willis and Carolyn Fry, the acclaimed popular-science writer, have also added all kinds of fascinating extra history, heroes and villains, memorable stories and interviews. Their book takes us on an exciting rollercoaster ride through our past and future and shows us how much plants really do matter.

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  • By Herbking on 15 September 2014

    Interesting, well-written book giving a history of Kew and a progress report about the science of botany to 2014 and a glimpse into the future.

  • By MS DIANA TERRY on 28 March 2015

    Brilliant book. Very informative. delivered early.

  • By paul thornley on 23 July 2015

    From the BBC radio programmes. Essential reading.

  • By Tina R. on 10 March 2016

    Good book overall, but you can listen to the whole thing online.

  • By jane bastow on 9 January 2016

    excellent book. Very interesting

  • By Jax on 2 October 2014

    I found the Radio 4 series very good so I bought the book and it's also a good read. Well written, it charts the course of the plant collectors, taxonomy, how plants became central to Britain's economic success in the Victorian era and what they mean to research now in light of climate change.

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