Author(s): Allen Paterson
With over a million visitors a year, Kew is one of the world's best-loved gardens. As well as having a fascinating history and holding an unchallenged position as the world's leading botanical research institute, it is a paradise for plant lovers, offering a wealth of ideas and inspiration for every gardener. Allen Paterson charts the evolution of Kew from private pleasure ground to public park to international institution. This story includes a cast of royalty, scientists, landscape designers and artists, at first being influenced by, later leading the development of plant collections elsewhere in Britain and around the world. This book will be beautifully illustrated with photographs of the garden today and archive illustrations from the Kew collection. It is published to tie in with the 250th Anniversary of Kew and is published by Frances Lincoln in association with the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew.
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/ Published to mark the 250th anniversary of Kew in 2009 / Beautifully illustrated with photographs of the garden today and archive botanical illustrations from the Kew collection. / Charts the evolution of Kew from private pleasure ground to international institution
This engaging and beautifully illustrated account of Kew's journey shows us how it has not only survived two world wars and a raft of ideological challenges but has gone from strength to strength. The author clearly loves his subject and gives it a fitting, at times almost poetic, tribute. Waterstone's Books Quarterly
Allen Paterson was from 1973 to 1981 Curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden and from 1981 to 1993 Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Ontario. He is a member of the Council of the Royal Horticultural Society, and a Distinguished Advisor to the Board of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. He lives in Dumfriesshire in Scotland.