Author(s): Kevin Williams
70 per cent of the world's supply of Kentia Palms comes from a three by five mile territory of Australia. This book tells the story of a tree and the people associated with it that makes a fascinating history as well as explaining its famous present appreciation. 'Romantic' is not a word often associated with a plant book. Usually the how to and where-from information is succinct and sufficient. "Seed to Elegance" is different. Its story includes mutiny and love for an island princess, brutish servitude in a penal colony, intervention by a stylish Queen Victoria and the dreams of a returned Norfolk Island serviceman after World War Two. Isolated for much of its history by a thousand miles of balmy, blue South Pacific, Norfolk Island has made its own place in the sun with successful ventures. Kentia Palms have much to do with this. Queen Victoria was especially fond of Kentia Palms. What she had decorating her royal residences became what everyone else wanted.