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Book details are as follows:

Title
Author
Publisher
Year
ISBN Number
Paperback/Hardback
Comments
Price (LP = List Price, AP = Amazon Price)


Travels in China - A Plantsman's Paradise
Roy Lancaster
Antique Collectors' Club
1993
1851491759
Hardback

Synopsis
Roy Lancaster, plantsman and TV personality, provides an account of the enormous variety of Chinese plants and their application to western gardens. This edition now contains an addendum covering extra material.

LP AP £39.50


A Plantsman in Nepal
Roy Lancaster
Antique Collector's Club
1995
1851491791
Hardback

Synopsis
In 1971 a small group of botanists and horticulturists organised a three month expedition to the Upper Arun Valley region of eastern Nepal. Their aim was to collect seed and specimens of ornamental and economic plants both wild and cultivated in a remote comer of this landlocked kingdom. This book, originally published in 1981, chronicles the travels and activities of the three-man horticultural team.

LP AP £35.00


Timberline Mountain and Arctic Forest Frontiers
S Arno & R Hammerly.
The Mountaineers Books
1984
0898860857
Paperback

American Edition

UK equivalent LP £10.27 AP £9.24


My Garden in Spring
E.A.Bowles
Timber Press
1997
0881923753
Hardback

Reviews
The publisher , 30 April, 1998
First book in a trilogy by one of the great plantsmen and garden writers of the 20th Century. It is a leisurely and charming tour through his garden, with plenty of time for anecdotes and reminiscences as well as good advice.

LP £17.99 AP £13.60


My Garden in Summer
E.A.Bowles
Timber Press
1998
088192413X
Hardback

LP £17.99 AP £13.60


My Garden in Autumn and Winter

E.A.Bowles, Peter Barnes, Charles Elliott
Timber press
1998
0881924598
Hardback

LP £17.99 AP £13.60


The English Flower Garden
William Robinson
Bloomsbury
1998
0747538336
Paperback

All anybody needs to read about garden design, another opinionated enthusiast. These 2 by William Robinson are all time garden classics.Synopsis (Amazon's, not mine) William Robinson has been described as "one of the greatest gardeners of all time". Indeed, the word "Robinsonian" has entered the language to describe the natural-informal and even the "wild" garden that were his favourite themes.

LP £7.99 AP £6.39


For Love of a Rose
Antonia Ridge
Faber and Faber
1972
0571101186
Paperback

For the reading for pleasure section, this really grabbed me as a dewy eyed young gardener a great many years ago. A sort of biography of the Meilland family of rose growers/breeders, a great deal about the history of modern roses.

LP £7.99 AP £6.39


Anything by
Christopher Lloyd

The Adventurous Gardener
Christopher Lloyd
0-14-007644-1

The Well Tempered Garden
Christopher Lloyd
0-14-046562-6

In My Garden
Christopher Lloyd
0-7475-1874-2


The Secret Life of Plants
Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird
Harper Collins
1989
Hardback
0060915870

Written by two scientists, this book has caused caused a tumultuous and hostile reaction among the horticultural scientific establishment. It studies an aspect of plant life too often ignored by all who care for them and use them. It delves into plant life and senses, their feelings and their relationship with humans. The book paves the same path to reality as was pioneered by Jeremy Bentham for animals. Though sometimes guilty of overkill it leaves the reader in no doubt that plants as well as animals and humans are sentient creatures.
LP £17.00 AP £9.27


Valley of Flowers
F.S. Smythe
Cadogan Books
1985
0-946313-18-0
Invalided out of the RAF in 1926 with a warning that climbing stairs could be dangerous he became one of the leading
high altitude climbers of his day as well as a writer and photographer of the first rank. He became interested in gardening a year or two before the expedition which is the subject of this book and was captivated by the natural history of the mountains. The book is his account of his visit to the Bhyundar Valley and includes details of the plants he collected for the Cambridge Botanical Garden.
Out of print

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