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Pioneering Plantsman: AK Bulley and the Great Plant Hunters

By: Brenda McLean

184 pages, Col & b/w illus

The Stationery Office (TSO)

Hardback | Dec 1997 | #64629 | ISBN: 0112500188
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NHBS Price: £28.99 $37/€35 approx

About this book

History of Bulley (1861-1942), a Liverpool cotton broker who paid plant hunters to scour the mountains of China and the Himalayas for alpines and hardy plants, and who created the Ness Gardens.


Introduction - Liverpool: the gateway and the Empire; Bulley's background - free thinking Victorians; West Kirby - springboard to success; Ness Gardens; George Forrest and Bees Ltd; Francis Kingdon Ward - the search widens; R.E. Cooper in Sikkim and Bhutan; Reginald Farrer in China and Burma; Mount Everest and after; Snowdon - conflict with conservationists; the perservering plantsman; Bulley's contribution. Epilogue - 100 years on; BBC talk - the fascination of Alpines.

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