FROM THE ENDS OF THE EARTH
Passionate Plant Collectors Remembered in a Cornish Garden
True character, very funny and idiosyncratic.”
Sir Roy Strong
What risks did the early plant collectors take to bring us the plants we know and love. Who found what and where? And How similar are their finds to the plants we grow today? Christian Lamb has been to extraordinary lengths to discover and subsequently to grow many of the original species in her fascinating Cornish garden. Christian’s living plant museum is recorded in this book. The central theme is all about the special plants that Christian Lamb grows in her small garden in Cornwall and which she calls her ‘living plant museum’. The plants are mostly chosen for their fascinating and colourful history. Christian writes about the original collectors who found these treasures – the amazing challenges they faced bringing them back to these shores – with many quotes from diaries and personal writings which bring her hero plantaholics to life. Christian also gaily recounts her own intrepid adventures following in the steps of the early collectors – all the more inspiring since Christian is a spry nonagenarian, who might by now have been expected to have hung up her spade.
Christian Lamb is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, an amateur gardener and garden historian. She has had several articles published in the Royal Horticultural Magazine – The Garden. Her early travels following her father and then her husband – both in the Navy – have given her a love of travel. Her subsequent passion for plants enabled her to find good reasons for following her plant heroes around the world and then create a truly unique and private garden in Cornwall. This is her first book.
|Dimensions||246 x 189 x 30 mm|