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Description - Plants from the Edge of the World by Mark Flanagan

In October 1987, a great storm devastated the historic tree collections at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Wakehurst Place in West Sussex. The tragic losses sparked a realisation: the collections at Kew and Wakehurst Place lacked key representatives of the world's temperate woodlands. The Royal Botanic Gardens commissioned the enterprising Mark Flanagan and Tony Kirkham to fill out the gaps. Flanagan and Kirkham travelled to the hidden corners of the Far East - specifically to the species-rich temperate forests of Korea, Taiwan, eastern Russia and Japan. This book vividly describes their myriad adventures in search of new plants. This entertaining travelogue will appeal to travellers, plant-lovers and anyone interested in learning the stories behind many of the plants featured at England's finest botanic gardens.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780881926767
ISBN-10: 0881926760
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 178mm x mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: Timber Press
Publisher: Timber Press
Publish Date: 16-Feb-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Mark Flanagan

Mark Flanagan is Keeper of the Gardens in Windsor Great Park, where he is responsible for the world-renowned Savill and Valley Gardens as well as the gardens at Frogmore (the resting place of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert) and Royal Lodge. He has traveled extensively in search of hardy plants, with visits to Turkey, eastern Asia, western Canada and the western United States. He lectures widely and contributes regularly to horticultural journals. Mark is married and has two children; they all live in a house in the woods in Windsor Great Park. Tony Kirkham is the Head of the Arboretum and Horticultural Services at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, where he cares for and develops 10,000 woody trees in the collection. Tony began working with trees as a forestry apprentice in Surrey, and then as a commercial tree surgeon in West Germany. He earned a diploma in horticulture from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and then proceeded to spend the next 30 years of his life working at the gardens. Now he lectures internationally, runs workshops, and publishes papers on a wide range of subjects. He has taken numerous plant-collecting trips across Asia, and many trees now growing in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew originated from seeds obtained on those trips. In his spare time, Tony enjoys fly fishing and hunting. He is married with two children and lives in London.

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