Tag Archives: botany

The Naturalist’s and Traveller’s Companion

John Coakley Lettsom (1744–1815) seems to have been a nice sort of man. Born the son of a Quaker plantation owner in the Virgin Islands, he was sent to England at the age of six to be educated, and was … Continue reading

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From The North To The East

One of the most touching (and certainly the most unexpected) displays in the newly refurbished Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is a glass cabinet full of knitted hats.

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A Fortune in the Tea-Leaves

It is a truth universally acknowledged (at least by gardeners of my acquaintance) that Euonymus fortunei and its various cultivars have got to be the most boring plants ever to blight the landscape. (Even the thought of the coyly named … Continue reading

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Recollections Of A Happy Life

The life in question was led by Marianne North. Yet another of the Victorian ladies in our list who do not conform to the ‘angel in the house’ stereotype, her travels worldwide were extraordinary enough, but her skill and productivity … Continue reading

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Icones Plantarum

One of the most influential botanical works ever produced was the multi-volume Icones Plantarum (‘Images of Plants’), begun by Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785–1865) in 1837. Ten volumes were produced under his authorship, and we are now reissuing them.

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