The Brother Gardeners: A Generation of Gentlemen Naturalists and the Birth of an Obsession

The Brother Gardeners: A Generation of Gentlemen Naturalists and the Birth of an Obsession Author Andrea Wulf
ISBN-10 9780307454751
Release 2010-03-09
Publisher Vintage
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From the bestselling author of The Invention of Nature, a fascinating look at the men who made Britain teh center of the botanical world.

Bringing to life the science and adventure of eighteenth-century plant collecting, The Brother Gardeners is the story of how six men created the modern garden and changed the horticultural world in the process. It is a story of a garden revolution that began in America.
In 1733, colonial farmer John Bartram shipped two boxes of precious American plants and seeds to Peter Collinson in London. Around these men formed the nucleus of a botany movement, which included famous Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus; Philip Miller, bestselling author of The Gardeners Dictionary; and Joseph Banks and David Solander, two botanist explorers, who scoured the globe for plant life aboard Captain Cook’s Endeavor. As they cultivated exotic blooms from around the world, they helped make Britain an epicenter of horticultural and botanical expertise. The Brother Gardeners paints a vivid portrait of an emerging world of knowledge and gardening as we know it today.

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The Life, Travels and Books of Alexander Von Humboldt (1859)

The Life, Travels and Books of Alexander Von Humboldt (1859) Author Richard Henry Stoddard
Release 2016-09-10
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Alexander von Humboldt (1769 – 1859) was a Prussian geographer, naturalist, explorer, and influential proponent of Romantic philosophy and science. Humboldt's quantitative work on botanical geography laid the foundation for the field of biogeography.

Between 1799 and 1804, Humboldt travelled extensively in Latin America, exploring and describing it for the first time from a modern scientific point of view. His description of the journey was written up and published in an enormous set of volumes over 21 years.

Richard Henry Stoddard, was the author of the 1859 book "The Life, Travels and Books of Alexander Von Humboldt".

A BIOGRAPHY of Alexander Von Humboldt, which shall contain a full and conscientious account of his life and labors, written in a style sufficiently clear and untechnical to meet the popular tastes, has long been a necessity in our literature. Those biographies which are already in existence do not possess this character: they are rather chronicles of his achievements in the various departments of natural science, than stories of a life almost unexampled for its wealth of experience, its labors, and successes.

The lesson of Humboldt's life is not without its special significance at the present day, when the thirst for wealth, and place, and power, seems hotter and fiercer than ever. With the advantages of his birth and inherited position, many paths of advancement were open to him, but he disdained them all, sacrificing everything to his love of knowledge, until finally, in his old age, honors such as no statesman ever won, were laid as voluntary offerings at his feet. The indifference which he regarded them showed how little such rewards had entered into his plan of life. Yet, though the acknowledged equal of kings, he was never seduced by the splendors of courts to forget his character as a man, whose sympathies were with the people rather than their rulers.

Humboldt may be termed the father of Physical Geography, and the suggester, if not the discoverer, of that system of the distribution of plants and animals which opens to our view another field of that Divine Order, manifested in the visible world. He strove to grasp those secrets, which, perhaps, no single mind will ever be able to comprehend—the aggregate of the laws which underlie the mysteries of Creation, Growth, and Decay; and though he fell short of the sublime aim, he was at least able to say, like Kepler, when he discovered the mathematical harmonies of the solar system; "Oh, Almighty God, I think Thy thoughts after Thee!"

In describing difficulties Humbolt faceD in his travels in the Andes, Stoddard writes:

"They proceeded for another hour, and found the rocky path less steep; the mist, however, was thicker than ever. They now began to suffer severely from the extreme rarefaction of the air. They breathed with difficulty, and what was still more disagreeable, felt like vomiting. Their heads swam, their lips and gums bled profusely, and their eyelids and eyeballs were charged with blood. From time to time great birds, probably condors, came swooping down the terrible pass . . . ."

In describing a run-in with a croc, Stoddard writes:

"A large dog, which had accompanied him in his journey from Caracas to the Rio Negro, was one day pursued in swimming by an enormous crocodile. The latter had nearly reached its prey, when the dog escaped by turning round suddenly and swimming against the current. The crocodile performed the same movement, but much more slowly than the dog . . . ."

BOOK I 1769-1799.
Childhood And Youth
Studies And Dreams
BOOK II. 1799-1804.
The Sea
About Cumana,
Towards The Orinoco
UP The Orinoco
To Cuba And Back
Colombia And Peru
BOOK III 1804-1829.
Central Asia
BOOK IV. 1829-1859.
Humboldt At Home

The Brother Gardeners

The Brother Gardeners Author Andrea Wulf
ISBN-10 9781446439562
Release 2011-01-11
Pages 384
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One January morning in 1734, cloth merchant Peter Collinson hurried down to the docks at London's Custom House to collect cargo just arrived from John Bartram in the American colonies. But it was not bales of cotton that awaited him, but plants and seeds... Over the next forty years, Bartram would send hundreds of American species to England, where Collinson was one of a handful of men who would foster a national obsession and change the gardens of Britain forever: Philip Miller, author of the bestselling Gardeners Dictionary; the Swede Carl Linnaeus, whose standardised botanical nomenclature popularised botany; the botanist-adventurer Joseph Banks and his colleague Daniel Solander who both explored the strange flora of Tahiti and Australia on Captain Cook's Endeavour. This is the story of these men - friends, rivals, enemies, united by a passion for plants. Set against the backdrop of the emerging empire and the uncharted world beyond, The Brother Gardeners tells the story how Britain became a nation of gardeners.

Maria Rodale s Organic Gardening Secrets

Maria Rodale s Organic Gardening Secrets Author Maria Rodale
ISBN-10 9781623362133
Release 2013-03-22
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Maria Rodale shares her organic gardening secrets in a season-by-season guide that offers straight-forward, easy-to-follow gardening basics so that anyone can enjoy a beautiful, productive, organic garden all year long. In the spring, learn how to prepare for and plan your garden in order to ensure a bountiful 4-season garden, as well as how to improve your soil health, create the best compost, and harvest early crops. In the summer, find the best chemical-free bug solutions, easy organic weeding strategies, sustainable watering techniques, and simple effective ways to boost your yield organically. In the fall, learn how to extend your growing season into winter; pick out bulbs, trees, and shrubs; add color to your garden, and preserve your garden's bounty for winter. Maria also shares her very own recipes for a Thanksgiving feast. And in winter, learn how to plan for next year's garden, order the best seeds for your needs, and start seedlings indoors. Plus, Maria shares her favorite winter comfort food recipes.

The Founding Gardeners

The Founding Gardeners Author Andrea Wulf
ISBN-10 9781409022572
Release 2011-02-03
Pages 384
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A follow-up to Andrea Wulf's award-winning and critically acclaimed history of British gardening, this is the story of how George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Madison's passion for nature, plants, agriculture and gardens shaped the birth of America. Through a series of vignettes spanning the Declaration of Independence to the death of Adams and Jefferson exactly fifty years to the day afterwards, these stories that weave the political, the personal and the botanical and are in turns funny, fascinating and moving. The Founding Gardeners shows that it is impossible to understand these visionary men and the American nation without considering their love of gardening.

The Invention of Nature

The Invention of Nature Author Andrea Wulf
ISBN-10 9780385350679
Release 2015-09-15
Pages 496
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The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism. NATIONAL BEST SELLER One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The James Wright Award for Nature Writing, the Costa Biography Award, the Royal Geographic Society's Ness Award, the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award Finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the Kirkus Prize Prize for Nonfiction, the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award A Best Book of the Year: The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Economist, Nature, Jezebel, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, New Scientist, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Evening Standard, The Spectator Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. In North America, his name still graces four counties, thirteen towns, a river, parks, bays, lakes, and mountains. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, whether he was climbing the highest volcanoes in the world or racing through anthrax-infected Siberia or translating his research into bestselling publications that changed science and thinking. Among Humboldt’s most revolutionary ideas was a radical vision of nature, that it is a complex and interconnected global force that does not exist for the use of humankind alone. Now Andrea Wulf brings the man and his achievements back into focus: his daring expeditions and investigation of wild environments around the world and his discoveries of similarities between climate and vegetation zones on different continents. She also discusses his prediction of human-induced climate change, his remarkable ability to fashion poetic narrative out of scientific observation, and his relationships with iconic figures such as Simón Bolívar and Thomas Jefferson. Wulf examines how Humboldt’s writings inspired other naturalists and poets such as Darwin, Wordsworth, and Goethe, and she makes the compelling case that it was Humboldt’s influence that led John Muir to his ideas of natural preservation and that shaped Thoreau’s Walden. With this brilliantly researched and compellingly written book, Andrea Wulf shows the myriad fundamental ways in which Humboldt created our understanding of the natural world, and she champions a renewed interest in this vital and lost player in environmental history and science. From the Hardcover edition.

Chasing Venus

Chasing Venus Author Andrea Wulf
ISBN-10 9781448108022
Release 2012-12-31
Pages 336
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On two days in 1761 and 1769 hundreds of astronomers pointed their telescopes towards the skies to observe a rare astronomical event: the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. United by this momentous occasion, scientists from around the globe came together to answer the essential question: how can the universe be measured? In Chasing Venus Andrea Wulf paints a vivid portrait of the rivalries, triumphs and misfortunes that befell these men, along with their passion and determination to succeed. This extraordinary book tells their story and how one single event prompted the first international scientific collaboration.

The Reason for Flowers

The Reason for Flowers Author Stephen Buchmann
ISBN-10 9781476755526
Release 2015-07-21
Pages 352
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Cultural history at its best—the engaging, lively, and definitive story of the beauty, sexuality, ecology, myths, lore, and economics of the world’s flowers, written by a passionately devoted author and scientist, and illustrated with his stunning photographs. Flowers, and the fruits that follow, feed, clothe, sustain, and inspire all humanity. They have done so since before recorded history. Flowers are used to celebrate all-important occasions, to express love, and are also the basis of global industries. Americans buy ten million flowers a day and perfumes are a worldwide industry worth $30 billion dollars annually. Yet, we know little about flowers, their origins, bizarre sex lives, or how humans relate and depend upon them. Stephen Buchmann takes us along on an exploratory journey of the roles flowers play in the production of our foods, spices, medicines, perfumes, while simultaneously bringing joy and health. Flowering plants continue to serve as inspiration in our myths and legends, in the fine and decorative arts, and in literary works of prose and poetry. Flowers seduce us—and animals, too—through their myriad shapes, colors, textures, and scents. And because of our extraordinary appetite for more unusual and beautiful “super flowers,” plant breeders have created such unnatural blooms as blue roses and black petunias to cater to the human world of haute couture fashion. In so doing, the nectar and pollen vital to the bees, butterflies, and bats of the world, are being reduced. Buchmann explains the unfortunate consequences, and explores how to counter them by growing the right flowers. Here, he integrates fascinating stories about the many colorful personalities who populate the world of flowers, and the flowers and pollinators themselves, with a research-based narrative that illuminates just why there is, indeed, a Reason for Flowers.

The Cabaret of Plants

The Cabaret of Plants Author Richard Mabey
ISBN-10 9781847654014
Release 2015-10-22
Pages 374
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In The Cabaret of Plants, Mabey explores the plant species which have challenged our imaginations, awoken our wonder, and upturned our ideas about history, science, beauty and belief. Picked from every walk of life, they encompass crops, weeds, medicines, religious gathering-places and a water lily named after a queen. Beginning with pagan cults and creation myths, the cultural significance of plants has burst upwards, sprouting into forms as diverse as the panacea (the cure-all plant ginseng, a single root of which can cost up to $10,000), Newton's apple, the African 'vegetable elephant' or boabab - and the mystical, night-flowering Amazonian cactus, the moonflower. Ranging widely across science, art and cultural history, poetry and personal experience, Mabey puts plants centre stage, and reveals a true botanical cabaret, a world of tricksters, shape-shifters and inspired problem-solvers, as well as an enthralled audience of romantics, eccentric amateur scientists and transgressive artists. The Cabaret of Plants celebrates the idea that plants are not simply 'the furniture of the planet', but vital, inventive, individual beings worthy of respect - and that to understand this may be the best way of preserving life together on Earth.

The Boojum and Its Home

The Boojum and Its Home Author Robert Regester Humphrey
ISBN-10 UTEXAS:059173023346053
Release 1974
Pages 214
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The Boojum and Its Home has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The Boojum and Its Home also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The Boojum and Its Home book for free.

How to Draw Plants

How to Draw Plants Author Keith West
ISBN-10 0713670053
Release 2004
Pages 152
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This comprehensive and authoritative handbook is for all those who want to portray plants and flowers with botanical accuracy. In it the author gives detailed advice on working in pencil, pen, scraper board, watercolour, acrylics and gouache; on building up a painting or drawing by stages; on taking measurements and understanding plant structure; on collecting, handling and preserving plant material.

Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker

Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker Author Ray Desmond
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105023612927
Release 1999-01
Pages 286
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The first detailed account of Hooker's extensive travels.

Sex Botany and Empire Icon Science

Sex  Botany and Empire  Icon Science Author Patricia Fara
ISBN-10 9781785782428
Release 2017-07-20
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When the imperial explorer James Cook returned from his first voyage to Australia, scandal writers mercilessly satirised the amorous exploits of his botanist Joseph Banks, whose trousers were reportedly stolen while he was inside the tent of Queen Oberea of Tahiti. Was the pursuit of scientific truth really what drove Enlightenment science? In Sweden and Britain, both imperial powers, Banks and Carl Linneaus ruled over their own small scientific empires, promoting botanical exploration to justify the exploitation of territories, peoples and natural resources. Regarding native peoples with disdain, these two scientific emperors portrayed the Arctic North and the Pacific Ocean as uncorrupted Edens, free from the shackles of Western sexual mores. In this ‘absorbing’ (Observer) book, Patricia Fara reveals the existence, barely concealed under Banks' and Linnaeus' camouflage of noble Enlightenment, of the altogether more seedy drives to conquer, subdue and deflower in the name of the British Imperial state.

British Gardens in Time

British Gardens in Time Author Katie Campbell
ISBN-10 0711235767
Release 2014-08-01
Pages 224
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British Gardens in Time covers the creation of the most exciting British gardens today and the work of iconic garden makers over the last 300 hundreds. From Lancelot 'Capability' Brown at Stowe to Christopher Lloyd at Great Dixter, author Katie Campbell leaves no stone unturned as she digs through the foundation of this gardening nation. Starting with a romp through history from the Romans at Fishbourne to the start of the English Landscape Movement, this book details the main trends, influences and needs that gardeners have placed on ornamental horticulture across the British Isles.

Backyard Farming on an Acre More or Less

Backyard Farming on an Acre  More or Less Author Angela England
ISBN-10 9781101598290
Release 2012-12-04
Pages 432
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As food prices continue to rise, more and more people have discovered that they can create their own food supply, right on their own property, and at a fraction of the price of conventional farm food that's been shipped to their local grocery from locations unknown. By raising and harvesting their own fruits, vegetables, chickens, bees, milk-bearing animals, and more, people are growing locally, sustainably, and at a fraction of the cost. However, poor planning for needs, proper use of available space, and a lack of preparedness for preserving or selling the harvest can quickly lead to wasted time and sweat. Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) is written by people who have planned and run a successful small-scale backyard farm. The authors guide readers through the essentials of planning a small-scale farm from a 1/4 acre all the way up to an acre and beyond. Readers will learn how to decide how large (or small) their farm should be, what they should plant or raise based on their invidual wants and needs (and available space), and how they can prevent their efforts from being wasted. Proven, sustainabile techniques will be presented to readers so they can yield the maximum benefit of their harvest through proven best practices. Readers will also learn how to raise small animals such as chickens and goats for milk, eggs, and meat, and will learn the crticial practices for successfully parenting bees, growing fruit tress, and much more.

Guide to William Bartram s Travels

Guide to William Bartram s Travels Author Brad Sanders
ISBN-10 0971876304
Release 2002
Pages 371
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This is a guide to the travels of noted naturalist William Bartram. It includes historical background for each section of the Southeast, a description of Bartram's route and his plant discoveries, and a description of modern day sites that offer travelers a view of the natural history of each area.

American Eden

American Eden Author Wade Graham
ISBN-10 9780062078865
Release 2011-04-05
Pages 480
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“American Eden moves luminously through landscapes of history, literature, biography, and design theory. . . . fusing sharp-edged analysis and graceful American prose.” —Kevin Starr, author of Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge “Informative and absolutely engrossing.” —Ross King, author of Brunelleschi's Dome Garden designer and historian Wade Graham offers a unique vision of the story of America in this riveting exploration of the nation’s gardens and the visionaries behind them, from Thomas Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to Michelle Obama’s vegetable garden, Fredrick Law Olmsted’s expansive Central Park to Martha Stewart’s how-to landscaping guides. In the tradition of Mark Kurlansky, Simon Schama, and Michael Pollan, Graham delivers a sweeping social history that examines our nation’s history from an overlooked vantage point, illuminating anew the living drama of American self-creation.

This Other Eden B Seven Great Gardens and Three Hundred of English History

This Other Eden B Seven Great Gardens and Three Hundred of English History Author Emma Gieben-Gamal
ISBN-10 0349116598
Release 2012-10-01
Pages 592
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THIS OTHER EDEN is a captivating narrative of seven great gardens, beautiful canvases that represent not just pleasure grounds but a country's evolution. Showpieces of grand design, they are also barometers of social change; lasting reflections of intellectual endeavour, of religion and philosophy, science and technology, art and literature. From Robert Cecil's garden at Hatfield House, conceived by the famous botanist and plant-collector John Tradescant, who travelled widely to seek out unusual specimens, to Capability Brown, who 'improved' upon nature to create the archetypal English parkland; from Joseph Paxton, whose engineering feats at Chatsworth mirrored the great Victorian age of technology, to Getrude Jekyll, who turned back to nature and designed the English cottage garden renowned the world over, this beautifully illustrated book will join the ranks of other bestselling cultural histories of the garden such as Anna Pavord's THE TULIP and Simon Schama's THE EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES.

The Interpretation of Cultures

The Interpretation of Cultures Author Clifford Geertz
ISBN-10 9780465093564
Release 2017-08-15
Pages 576
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Hailed by the Times Literary Supplement as one of the hundred most influential books published since World War II In The Interpretation of Cultures, the most original anthropologist of his generation moved far beyond the traditional confines of his discipline to develop an important new concept of culture. This groundbreaking book, winner of the 1974 Sorokin Award of the American Sociological Association, helped define for an entire generation of anthropologists what their field is ultimately about.