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The History of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

By: Ray Desmond

476 pages, Col & b/w illus

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Hardback | Aug 2009 | Edition: 2 | #164407 | ISBN-13: 9781842461686
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This new edition of the classic work The History of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew is the definitive history of the world's greatest botanic gardens. Comprehensively revised, this richly illustrated reference takes in every aspect of Kew's history over two centuries - from its origin, pivotal roles in collecting, classifying and identifying the world's plants, the commercial crops it gave to the British Empire, to being a world renowned institution at the cutting edge of plant science.

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Ray Desmond was Chief Librarian and Archivist at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and subsequently a Deputy Keeper in the British Library. He is a Vice-President and former Chairman of the Garden History Society and former President of the Society for the History of Natural History which awarded him their Founders Medal. His books on the history of botany and horticulture include Bibliography of British Gardens (1984), A Celebration of Flowers (1987), Dictionary of British and Irish Botanists and Horticulturalists (1994) and Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker(1999).

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