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Rage for Rock Gardening (Paperback, New edition): Nicola Shulman

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Nicola Shulman

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The 19th century was the golden age of the plant hunter. Adventurous men (and some women) travelled to inhospitable parts of the world, often facing life-threatening dangers from bandits and physical deprivation, in search of new plants to introduce to European gardens. The discovery of a new species conferred the right of naming and gardeners today are surrounded by the Latinised versions of the names of great botanists or their patrons: Darwin, Hooker, Banks and Delavey, to name but a few, and among then the name of the subject of this biography, Reginald Farrer, who gave the name Farreri to the ubiquitous winter-flowering Viburnum. Farrer was not the average product of his class and upbringing. He converted to Buddhism, was probably gay, and was a self-centred emotionally unstable personality. Initially he conceived himself as a novelist and indeed his first and least unsuccessful book was favourably reviewed by Virginia Woolf. However as this career petered out he turned to gardening and particularly rock gardening. Taking a portion of his parents' estate, he converted an almost vertical cliff into a habitat for alpine plants, even firing seeds from a gun into the crevices. Feeling the need for an independent income he took to writing about gardening and did so with great success, bringing the knowledge of a hands-on gardener and a poetic imagination to his prose style, which still influences garden writers today. This is a short book but Nicola Shuman packs a lot in, recreating the atmosphere of Edwardian England and the adventures and dangers of plant-hunting in remote Chinese provinces. Appealingly readable and very enjoyable, its only drawback is that it leaves one wanting to know more. (Kirkus UK)
At the turn of the 20th century, gardening was changing. Where formerly the plant had been the servant of the gardener, now the gardener was the servant of the plant. At the same time, gardening was turning from the pastime of dukes, to the recreation of millions. This new kind of gardening needed evangelists, but got more than it bargained for in the impossibly egotistical Reginald Farrer, whose passion for the most difficult of all plants, alpines, would nevertheless inspire generations of gardeners with a love of flowers with their own intrinsic beauty. "Half-poet, half-botanist", as Vita Sackville West described him, he became one of the very greatest in the last great age of plant-hunters, and wrote books of unforgettable method and style. Through their influence, he did for English gardening what half a century later Elizabeth David would do for cooking, and changed everything for ever. This life of Reginald Farrer offers a window on the opulence and the drama of the world of Edwardian horticulture.

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Imprint: Short Books Ltd
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: May 2003
Authors: Nicola Shulman
Dimensions: 185 x 125 x 9mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 128
Edition: New edition
ISBN-13: 978-1-904095-47-7
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography
Books > Humanities > History
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences
Books > Health, Home & Family > Gardening
Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > Historical, political & military
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Botany & plant sciences
Books > Health, Home & Family > Gardening > General
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > General
Books > Science & Mathematics > Biology, life sciences > Botany & plant sciences > General
Books > History > History of specific subjects
Books > History > History of specific subjects > General
Books > Biography > Historical, political & military
Books > Gardening > General
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LSN: 1-904095-47-X
Barcode: 9781904095477

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