The Brother Gardeners - by Andrea Wulf - NEW BBC Radio Audiobook - cheops
Andrea Wulf's history of the gardening revolution of the 18th century.
'The Brother Gardeners - Botany, Empire And The Birth Of Obsession' is a new book which will be published this week ( 3rd April 2008 ) by William Heinemann Ltd and it was the subject of 'Book of the Week' on BBC Radio 4 from 24-28 March 2008.
[quote]The Brother Gardeners were a group of men involved in the 18th-century quest for new plants, at a fascinating period in garden history. They were dedicated and in some cases eccentric - Andrea Wulf brings their personalities vividly to life in her thoroughly researched and lively account[/quote]
Five episodes of 15 minutes each read by Hilary Neville.
Episode 1: The Merchant's Tale
New plants from the American colonies were introduced to Britain.
Episode 2: The Peckham Prototype
Many of Britain's favourite flowers first bloomed in the ordered garden of Peter Collinson, who attracted extremely wealthy patrons.
Episode 3: The Naming Of Plants
The great Swedish taxonomist Carl Linnaeus sends his brightest student to London to give names to the new exotic plants. But the student falls under the spell of Britain's gardens and gardeners.
Episode 4: Ye Who O'er Southern Oceans Wander
The American plant collectors are disturbed by the native Indians. Joseph Banks heads south in the ship Endeavour on a historic botanical expedition.
Episode 5: Loves Of The Plants
As Britain becomes obsessed with gardening, Joseph Banks exhorts army officers, merchants, diplomats and missionaries to send home to Kew any exotic plant from overseas.
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