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This is a stunning beauty of a book, which would be perfect either as a present for yourself or someone else. It is contained within lovely packaging with the gorgeous book cover peeking out at you. Author Dr Chris Thorogood, the Deputy Director and Head of Science at Oxford Botanic garden and Harcourt Arboretum, has chosen over 50 topical plants, with detail of their origins and special features. The book tells us that: “Two of the most extraordinary Victorian glasshouses in the world are the Palm House and the Temperate House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, from whose archives the images in this book have been selected”. What really sets this book apart is that the top part of the illustration can actually be pressed out of the page, so that each plant stands out and creates, when the book is opened, a stunning visual spectacle. The instructions are clear and concise, and I took great enjoyment in pressing out the pages to discover my own hothouse. This is truly delightful, and you really do have to see it to truly appreciate the beauty.
The Tropical Hothouse describes over 50 tropical plants, telling the intriguing stories of their origins and compelling features. Sourced exclusively from the archives at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, each accompanying illustration presses out of the page, transforming your book into a work of art. The Tropical Hothouse contains a botanical paradise, where tropical trees are festooned with vines, orchids and bromeliads, lurid blossoms perfume the air, and leafy ferns and palms jostle for the light. From exotic-looking potted orchids and motley assortments of succulents, to luxuriant, leafy greenery, house plants and terraria are more popular than ever as additions to stylish interiors. This beautifully presented and fascinating collection includes perennial favourites and unusual specimens, transporting this world of extraordinary plants into your hands and home.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
This book is one to treasure. I read it and learned, then I pressed out the plants, what I held in my hands was an artwork of rare distinction. Full review
A truly beautiful book of the highest quality. A marvellous gift for any plant or flower lover, or indeed any lover of fantastically original books. Full review
Publication date: 08/08/2019
Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd an imprint of Carlton Books Ltd
|Publication date:||8th August 2019|
|Publisher:||Andre Deutsch Ltd an imprint of Carlton Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Gift Books, Home & Garden,|
|Categories:||Gardens (descriptions, history etc), Botanical art, Museum, historic sites, gallery & art guides, Gift books,|
Chris Thorogood is Deputy Director and Head of Science at Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum. His research broadly centres on the evolution of plant ecology, with a focus on parasitic plants. He is the author of Kew's Weird Plants, Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Western Mediterranean and Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Algarve.More About Chris Thorogood