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Botanic Gardens

By Sarah Rutherford



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Author Sarah Rutherford
Binding Paperback
Date published February 2015
Number of pages 64
Publisher Shire Publications Ltd
ISBN / Item No. 9780747814443


Across the world hundreds of botanic gardens combine scientific research, conservation and beauty with public access.

For centuries they have variously focused on cultivating medicinal and exotic plants, introducing lucrative crops such as tea and rubber to new countries, preserving international plant collections, scientific classification and research - or have combined all these things.

Botanic Gardens tells their story from the sixteenth-century up to their long heyday in the last two hundred years.

This book explains the gardens' design and architecture, the personalities and institutions associated with them, their important role in research and conservation, and their appeal to millions of visitors.

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