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A Passion for Trees: The Legacy of John Evelyn

By: Maggie Campbell-Culver

282 pages, colour illus

Eden Project Books

Hardback | Jun 2006 | #158736 | ISBN: 1903919479
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About this book

Given the extent of his influence on 17th-century life, and his lasting impact on the British landscape, it is remarkable that no book has been written before about John Evelyn. He was a longstanding friend of Samuel Pepys (who wrote of him: ' A most excellent person he is, and must be allowed a little for conceitedness; but he may well be so, being a man so much above others.'), a founder member of the Royal Society and a prolific writer and diarist. He was an early advocate of the garden city but his most important work was "Sylva", presented to the Royal Society to promote the planting of timber trees 'for the supply of the Navy, the employment and advantage of the poor as well as the ornamenting of the nation.' He was responsible for the first great raft of tree planting and for a great influx of tree introductions to Britain. Maggie Campbell-Culver's book like "Sylva", has at its a core a section detailing the characteristics, history and uses of 33 trees incorporating the advice Evelyn gave and demonstrating its relevance still in the 20th-century. Not only was Evelyn probably the first horticultural writer to show an appreciation of the aesthetic benefits of trees in our landscape, he is shown to be a founder-father of the modern conservation movement.

Beautifully illustrated. --"Books & Culture"


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Biography

Maggie Campbell-Culver has been a member of the Garden History Society for twenty years and of the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens since its inception. She was a founder member of the Garden Trust Movement and Vice-chairman of the Cornwall Gardens Trust and is a fellow of the Linnean Society. She lectures on plant and garden history and is a frequent contributor to BBC Radio 4.

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