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Hortus Veitchii was originally published by the famous nursery firm of James Veitch & Sons, Chelsea, London in 1906 to commemorate the huge contribution made by this firm to western gardens in the introduction of new plants from around the world.
This book is a study of the history of the botanical plant collecting explorers and hybridists, working for the nurseries of James Veitch and Son, Exeter and James Veitch and Sons, Chelsea during the period of 1840-1906. This includes chapters on the following; Lives of Travellers, Lives of Hybridists, Orchid Species, Orchid Hybrids, Stove and Greenhouse Plants, Insectivorous Plants, Exotic Ferns, Coniferous Trees, Trees and Shrubs and Climbing Plants, Herbaceous Plants, Bulbous Plants, Begonias, Hippeastrums, Orchid Hybridization, Nepenthes, Greenhouse Rhododendrons, Streptocarpus, Fruits and Vegetables.
This facsimile edition of the classic work has been published in Great Britain in 2006 to mark the centenary of its original publication, with the objective that profits generated can be used to establish a permanent collection of plants introduced by the Veitch Nurseries. This will contain many plants which are now rare or endangered in the wild as well as many varieties well known to modern gardeners.