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Chinese Wilson

Biography / MemoirOut of Print

By: RW Briggs

154 pages, Col and b/w photos

The Stationery Office (TSO)

Hardback | Dec 1993 | #24886 | ISBN: 011250017X
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A biography of this little-known, yet highly influential plant hunter from the turn of the century. In just two expeditions to China, he collected over 65,000 specimens, earning himself the nickname `Chinese' Wilson. Today, there is hardly a garden without one of his introductions. Written by his great-nephew, this account is based on his original journals and photographs, and includes brief accounts of many of the plants he brought back.


The making of a plant hunter; In search of the yellow poppywort; With vasculum, camera and gun; Risking all for the regal lily; Japan, Korea and Taiwan; Touring the world for the Arnold Arboretum; The final years in Boston; Wilson's living legacy, by Victoria Matthews.

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