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The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession

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The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession

by Andrea Wulf

About this title: One January morning in 1734, cloth merchant Peter Collinson hurried down to the docks at London's Custom House to collect cargo just arrived from John Bartram, his new contact in the American colonies. But it was not reels of wool or bales of cotton that awaited him, but plants and seeds... Over the next forty years, Bartram would send hundreds of American species to England, where Collinson was one of a handful of men who would foster a national obsession and change the gardens of Britain forever, introducing lustrous ... read more

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