Matthew Biggs trained at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, has presented numerous TV gardening programs and is a regular on UK radio. Author of and contributor to several books and magazines, Matthew is also a highly regarded lecturer. He has travelled widely and is fascinated by global gardening.
The Secrets of Great Botanists
And What They Tell Us About Gardening
Welcome to the lives of 35 botanists from our past and present, driven by an insatiable desire to learn and discover, whose study of plants revolutionised the scientific world and increased our understanding of the importance plants have on our survival.
Illustrated with beautiful period botanical water-colours and vibrant photographs, this inspiring and practical guide delves into the qualities that brought them success and shows what ordinary gardeners can learn from their legacies.
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SPECIFICATIONS: 9781925820256 | Hardback | 230 x 170 mm | 224 Pages
The Canberra Times
“concisely drafted, gracefully illustrated, and – for an addicted gardener – truly inspiring.”
Paradoxically, one of the secrets of great botanists is their reluctance to keep a secret. Each of the 36 scientists in this book collected, analysed, painted, pruned, grew, propagated and nurtured plants, with their results disseminated out in the public commons, for the common good.
Better Homes and Gardens “a natural for holiday-reading green thumbs”.
Adelaide Advertiser “an attractive hardback with botanic watercolours, sketches and photos, it would be an ideal Christmas present for the curious gardener.”
Good Organic Gardener Magazine Featured as their top pick for in the November issue.
“Gain insights into what makes botanists so important”.
“This stunningly illustrated hard cover book would make a lovely gift for a garden lover.”
“Unfurl the history of plants found in your own back garden and find new inspiration for cultivation.” Click here to read in full