The Plant Hunters: The Adventures of the World’s Greatest Botanical Explorers

Author: 
Carolyn Fry
Publisher: 
University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 
2013
ISBN: 
978-0-226-09331-4

Slipcase with decorated boards, 66 pp. and 10 facsimile documents, $30.00.

Ever since the time of the Egyptian pharaoh Queen Hatshepsut in the fifteenth century B.C.E., explorers have sought foreign plants that provided trees, medicines, staple food crops, spices, and exotic specimens to decorate gardens. In this fascinating book, Carolyn Fry records the adventures of plant explorers around the globe, those individuals responsible for initial discoveries in exotic locales, botanical artists responsible for illustrations, and modern scientists focusing on the care of plants and the conservation of endangered species. Removable, facsimile documents, secured in envelopes within the text block, provide intriguing information for the reader.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden

Volume: 
15
Number: 
6