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  1. says:

    This was a fascinating and accessible book I learned so much from it I don't know where to begin Except maybe to say that Fuchsia is NOT pronounced Fyou sha oh no It should be pronounced FOOKS ia after our dear Mr Fuchs I can hardly wait to try that out on the garden store clerk come springThis sweeping history of gardening and botany in the 18th century is compulsively readable and full of interesting trivia and tidbits about famous gardeners and botanists Some of whom I'd actually heard ofHighly recommended for gardeners


  2. says:

    What a pleasure this book was for me It worked on me like a tonic I get spring fever every year about this time and I guess I've already seen all the how to garden books at our library 'cos none of them seem to tell me anything new any I can still hear my 3rd grade teacher's words reverberating in my headYes dear but if you would only APPLY what you learn So this book came along at the perfect time for me I want to eat sleep and talk of nothing but gardening I love history and always like to learn how things happen This is an excellently well written non fiction account of how England became a country of gardeners It's a exciting story believe it or not and full of all kinds of colorful people some of whom you may have known others unfairly lost to history until now What adventures they had What naughtiness they succumbed to And of course they're are so many fabulous plants and trees to learn the stories of Some of them have the most fascinating stories And yall go ahead and sit down for this next bit I am considering buying myself a copy Yep ya heard me right It'll make such a great reference book I learned so much about the classification systems and how they developed PS If you think you know the story of The Mutiny on the Bounty think again It's all here it wasn't at all what the movies make you think It was all about plants PS again I was so sorry to see this one coming to an end I reserved another of Andrea Wulf's books Founding Gardeners It's about the American Founding Fathers and what gardening horticulture and all that meant to them Alot of that was in Brother Gardeners but now we get all the delicious detail Sigh swoon repeat


  3. says:

    A well researched and wonderfully written book about the beginnings of modern botany the origins of the English style garden the export of American plants to Europe and the personalities of the men who made all these things happen The Brother Gardeners is a fascinating read and a rich reference book In a time when everyone who has ever planted a petunia feels ualified to write a gardening book it is refreshing to find a scholarly book based on thorough research that is not only readable and useful but also interesting For those interested in the travels of plants in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in the development of Linnaean classification and in the founding of botanical gardens this is a must read Wulf also covers the discovery of the botanical paradise of Australia and its effect on the gardening practices of the Europeans I hope to see contributions to the history of gardening by this talented author


  4. says:

    A book I found by accident and absolutely loved it It covers history exploration botany and the rise of gardening Wulf captures perfectly the 18th century not only the wonderful characters but descriptions too The Thames is described as 'A forest of masts' James Cook's voyages are brought to life along with the early English colonies in AmericaI'm actually going to read it again


  5. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this historical book that traces the English obsession with gardening through the 18th century This book brought together so many random pieces of historical and botanical information I have learned in the past and solidly rooted them in the lives of significant individuals who revolutionized our understanding of the plant world We learn about Fairchild who creates the first hybrid; Collinson and Bartram who share information and plants across the ocean; Linnaeus who classified the plant world; Banks and Solander who sail the world discovering new species From wild exotics to humble native species the English explore the world of botany at both the scientific and recreational level Their obsession with plants sends ships around the world looking for new species experimenting with transporting plants to new homes and turning botanical treasures into lucrative businesses I learned so much from this book and for the first time ever have an interest in learning the Latin names of species I have a fresh perspective on both native and exotic plants and appreciate the work of those who founded the basis for the study and appreciation of plantsI will definitely be looking up other books by this author


  6. says:

    I liked this book a lot but would have loved it if it had undergone a little better editing The transformation of English gardening the rise of England as the garden center of the world the beginning of the global trade in plants the role John Bartram of Philadelphia played in Americanizing the English landscape these are fascinating stories But you have to slog through some less than compelling prose to get them; the story telling is sometimes repetitive sometimes gets you lost sometimes it bogs down in the author's ambitious effort to uote every bit of extant source material With all that it's worth the effort if you care anything for gardening There's just so much wonderful information in here One does wince while reading at the blithe manner in which these colonial era men sent plants and seeds willy nilly across oceans and over continents Our invasive species problem was embedded in the birth of modern gardening the serpent was in the garden from the get go Side note hilarious portrait of pompous self aggrandizing Carl Linnaeus Modern scientists with their cutthroat competition to be first to steal credit and to jealously guard resources and information have nothing on Carl


  7. says:

    If you’ve ever wondered where the plants in your garden come from you couldn’t do better than to begin your researches with The Brother Gardeners as I did This beautiful book was a joy to read and I learned so much It is meticulously researched and the writing is a model of clarity I loved every word and will be referring back to it for many years to come Highly recommended and I guarantee I shall be working my way through Andrea Wulf's other books


  8. says:

    This book may become a must keep The 18th century explorations the mania for plant collecting world wide and how the English became the world's foremost gardeners collectors landscapers Extensive bibliography references with plenty of human interest stories Rather dense so I could only read up to 20 pages at a timeSeems most plants have been all over the world for at least 3 centuriesOh and contemporaries are argumentative and have plenty of disputes hurt feelings and dig in their heels What we accept as the scientific names invented by Linnaeus took decades to be embraced for a host of reasons Based on SEX and Linnaeus was a hard man to stomachToo bad we don't teach ourselves how to do a better job of managing our own contemporary disputes


  9. says:

    Biased because it includes information about my ancestors but also as a lay botanist I found it very readable


  10. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book It was a case of the right book at the right time because I read it while in the middle of landscaping and putting in some new gardens at our place I love history and gardening which this book has in spades It is the story of six nineteenth century naturalists and botanists who transformed Britain into a nation of gardeners They were instrumental in making gardening a pursuit and pastime everyone could enjoy not just the aristocracy This narrative history is the story of a garden revolution that to my surprise began in America Of the six naturalists this book explores my favorite was the story of American farmer John Bartram who developed a friendship with London cloth merchant Peter Collinson over decades of swapping seeds and plants and letters about gardening John Bartram sold subscription boxes of seeds and plants to people in Britain beginning with his friend Collinson and with Collinson's help slowly expanded his endeavors into a growing enterprise Bartram trekked through Appalachia climbing mountains and scaling tall evergreens in all sorts of weather to fill the orders for American species the British craved I loved the story of his tenacity and the friendship he forged with Collinson over the years Bartram's plants would transform the British countryside and terrain I found his story fascinating and now I really want to visit Bartram Gardens in PhiladelphiaThis book also follows the story of Carl Linnaeus who worked diligently to have his standard nomenclature become adopted by the leading naturalists of the day He was a rather arrogant and unpleasant character but he did succeed eventually and contributed much to botany Linnaeus' standardized nomenclature simplified taxonomy greatly and helped bring botany to the middle class This book also includes the story of Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander who set sail aboard Captain Cook's ship Endeavor a grand and exciting voyage of discovery They explored the flora and fauna of Brazil Tahiti New Zealand and Australia bringing back specimens of whatever they could manage This book is well written and researched informative and engaging at least for me Highly recommended if you enjoy history and horticulture


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Scoured the globe for plant life aboard Captain Cook’s Endeavor As they cultivated exotic blooms from around the world they helped make Britain an epicenter of horticultural and botanical expertise The Brother Gardeners paints a vivid portrait of an emerging world of knowledge and gardening as we know it toda. Biased because it includes information about my ancestors but also as a lay botanist I found it very readable On Politics cultivated exotic blooms from around the world they helped make Britain an epicenter of horticultural and botanical expertise The Brother Gardeners paints a vivid portrait of an emerging world of knowledge and gardening as we know it toda. Biased because it includes information about my ancestors but also as a lay botanist I found it very readable

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Two boxes of precious American plants and seeds to Peter Collinson in London Around these men formed the nucleus of a botany movement which included famous Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus; Philip Miller bestselling author of The Gardeners Dictionary; and Joseph Banks and David Solander two botanist explorers who. I thoroughly enjoyed this historical book that traces the English obsession with gardening through the 18th century This book brought together so many random pieces of historical and botanical information I have learned in the past and solidly rooted them in the lives of significant individuals who revolutionized our understanding of the plant world We learn about Fairchild who creates the first hybrid; Collinson and Bartram who share information and plants across the ocean; Linnaeus who classified the plant world; Banks and Solander who sail the world discovering new species From wild exotics to humble native species the English explore the world of botany at both the scientific and recreational level Their obsession with plants sends ships around the world looking for new species experimenting with transporting plants to new homes and turning botanical treasures into lucrative businesses I learned so much from this book and for the first time ever have an interest in learning the Latin names of species I have a fresh perspective on both native and exotic plants and appreciate the work of those who founded the basis for the study and appreciation of plantsI will definitely be looking up other books by this author