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George Forrest: Plant Hunter

Biography / MemoirOut of Print

By: Brenda McLean

239 pages, Col plates, col and b/w photos

Antique Collectors Club

Hardback | Jan 1999 | #146250 | ISBN: 1851494618
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George Forest was a professional plant collector in the heyday of the British Empire. Risking his safety and health, he discovered hundreds of new species, introduced many plants to our gardens, and became one of the most outstanding plant collectors in the Sino-Himalaya. This book tells of Forrest's adventures and his legendary escape from death at the hands of warring Lamas. It describes the impact of his plant discoveries and introductions and his competitiveness and rivalry with other plant hunters, Reginald Farrer, Frank Kingdon Ward and Joseph Rock.

One of the most successful of all plant hunters Roy Lancaster "The intrepid Scotsman George Forrest introduced some of the greatest garden rarities, including many rhododendrons from Western China. He is revered for his courage and perseverance in an age when plant exploration held many dangers" Penelope Hobhouse


Contents include: Scottish Background; George Forrest and the Lure of China; To China, 1904, for Bees Ltd; The Third Expedition (1912-1915); Rhododendrons Galore Birds, Beasts and Butterflies; The Final Expedition

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Dr. Brenda McLean has been researching the life and work of George Forrest since 1987. She is a fellow of the University of Liverpool in the Department of Geography, where she was formerly a lecturer in biogeography. She was made an RBGE research associate in 2000.

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