Author(s): Chris Beardshaw
From cars made of carrot to tea-smuggling spies; Popeye's spinach to the hallucinogenic effects of lettuce, renowned garden expert Chris Beardshaw takes us on a journey though history's most fascinating plants, flowers, vegetables and herbs: the ones that changed the world, the ones that almost did, and the ones that certainly didn't! Ranging from Roman times to present day and even covering future plant-inventions, "100 Plants that almost Changed the World" is a fascinating compendium of stories about the plants and vegetables we see, nurture and consume every day. If you have ever wondered why carrots are supposed to help you see in the dark or why we hang fairy lights and decorations on our Christmas trees then this is the book for you - a fun and quirky new volume that offers unique exploration of our planet's most fascinating plants.
Chris Beardshaw is one of those rare educators who is able to communicate complicated subjects easily and with enthusiasm. He is a popular speaker on horticultural subjects at British educational institutions and on TV. This light-weight, handy-size book (a perfect companion for a traveler and those bed-bound) contains a collection of 100 concise reflections on the relationships that man has had with plants. Pointing out the chemical components that make each plant attractive, he tells how each plant earned its name and the part that it played in history. This digest of information will provide many delightful hours of reading for a gardener.--Marilyn K. Alaimo "Chicago Botanic Garden, December 2013 "
Chris beardshaw is an award winning garden designer, television presenter and author. He trained in horticulture and landscape design, and after lecturing widely now focuses on fronting and co-hosting tv programmes such as The Flying Gardener, Hidden Gardens, Gardeners' World, Great Garden Detectives and Country Lives.