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The Tropical Hothouse (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)

by Chris Thorogood

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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.

Do take a look at our competition page, as until 31 August 2019, you can win a copy of The Tropical Hothouse and two tickets to Kew Gardens.

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The Tropical Hothouse (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) Synopsis

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.

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Closing date: 16/05/2021

The National Trust School of Gardening by Rebecca Bevan is "a treasure chest of gardening advice and inspiration - a book to give as a gift to green-fingered friends (or yourself)." Joanne Owen, Expert Reviewer To celebrate it's release we're working with Pavilion Books to offer a 2021 pass for 2 people to visit a National Trust Garden plus a copy of the book as a competition prize. We're also giving away a runner up prize of a National Trust Book bundle that will include: The National Trust School of Gardening, The Five-Minute Garden, Cottage Gardens, Every Day Nature    This draw is open only for UK residents currently in the UK and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once. The draw closes on 16th May 2021. Please ensure that the details you use to enter the competition will be correct at the time the competition ends. The winners will be notified as soon as possible.

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The Tropical Hothouse (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) Reader Reviews

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.

Wow. What a beautiful book. It felt like a treat to have this on our table. Full review

Kate Thacker

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

Marjorie Lacy

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

Amanda O'Dwyer

The all-rounder - stunning and informative with a fun and interesting twist. Full review

Charlotte Walker

Exotic plants and a beautiful setting brought to life. Full review

Jane Welby

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ISBN: 9780233006017
Publication date: 08/08/2019
Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd an imprint of Carlton Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780233006017
Publication date: 8th August 2019
Author: Chris Thorogood
Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd an imprint of Carlton Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 112 pages
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,

About Chris Thorogood

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.

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