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The Brother Gardeners Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession by Andrea Wulf

The Brother Gardeners Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession

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The Brother Gardeners Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession by Andrea Wulf

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; and, 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.


This absorbing and delightful book about 18th-century botanists stands out among histories of plant hunting ... Works superbly -- Jenny Uglow Sunday Telegraph Rounded, generous and exhaustively researched ... She is very adept at telling a good story, and in the history and origins of gardening she has found the perfect vehicle ... An excellent, hugely entertaining and instructive tale, and Wulf tells it very well -- Mark Cocker The Guardian Wondrous ... I have learned so much from her book -- Jon Snow, Channel Four News A delightful book ... Remarkably vivid -- Adrian Tinniswood Engrossing ... A gripping story, told here with grace and aplomb -- Tim Richardson Country Life

About the Author

Andrea Wulf was born in India, moved to Germany as a child, and now lives in England. She is the author of several acclaimed books. The Brother Gardeners won the American Horticultural Society Book Award and was long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize. Her book Founding Gardeners was on the New York Times bestseller list. Andrea has written for many newspapers including the Guardian, LA Times and New York Times. She was the Eccles British Library Writer in Residence 2013 and a three-time fellow of the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello. She appears regularly on TV and radio.

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Publication date

5th February 2009


Andrea Wulf

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Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone


384 pages


Gardens (descriptions, history etc)
Social & cultural history



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