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Tales of the Rose Tree: Ravishing Rhododendrons and their Travels Around the World

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Tales of the Rose Tree: Ravishing Rhododendrons and their Travels Around the World

by Brown, Jane:

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ISBN 13
9780007129959
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-HarperCollins (2004)-. First edition first impression 2004. xi+308 pages. Illustrated. Cloth. Near fine in very good indeed dustjacket. From the giant, long-lived Rhododendron falconeri, with its peeling cinnamon bark on sculptured trunks to the delicate potted azalea on the garden patio, almost everyone has a rhododendron within reach of their daily lives. But who knows anything about this mysterious plant? Two hundred years ago the rhododendron was dragged to Britain from the dizzying heights of its natural habitat in the Sino-Himalayas by avaricious British collectors. Some of the species mutated; others proved hardy and easy to hybridise. Today the rhododendron has made a greater impact on the English landscape than any other plant. Jane Brown uncovers the rhododendron's story which reaches back hundreds, some say thousands, of years (the dove returning to Noah's ark was, apparently, carrying the leaf of a rhododendron). The Aztecs favoured it for their pleasure gardens (although the Jesuits believed they discovered it); the Chinese use it in medicines; mariners used it as ballast cargo; it has excited royal passions (Edward Prince of Wales surrounded himself with them at Virginia Water in the 1920s) and been the source of personal feuds (in the Rhododendron Society). After the First World War the government thought enough of the plant to fill Windsor Great Park with them in order to cheer up the nation. The epitome of bad taste, the scourge of conservationists or a majestic and ancient beauty forced to exist out of its natural habitat? Jane Brown ultimately asks: What is the rhododendron for? Though all plants have an ultimate purpose to their existence, the rhododendron apparently has no obvious one.

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Bookseller
Paul Brown Books GB (GB)
Bookseller Inventory #
29528
Title
Tales of the Rose Tree: Ravishing Rhododendrons and their Travels Around the World
Author
Brown, Jane:
Book condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 10
0007129955
ISBN 13
9780007129959
Publisher
-HarperCollins (2004)-
Place of Publication
London
This edition first published
April 19, 2004
Keywords
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