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Tales of the Rose Tree: Ravishing Rhododendrons and Their Travels Around the World
 
 
Author
Jane Brown.
Publisher Godine  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.15 inches
ISBN 9781567923124
Pages/Publication Date 308/2004
Daedalus Item Code 02247
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From the giant Rhododendron falconeri, with its peeling cinnamon bark on sculptured trunks, to the delicate potted azalea on the garden patio, almost everyone has a rhododendron within reach of their daily travels. Yet beneath its lush foliage lie the roots of an epic passage down from the very roof of the world—two centuries ago the rhododendron was hauled down to Britain from the heights of its natural habitat in the Sino-Himalayas by avaricious collectors. Here Jane Brown, the "gardening biographer" of such green thumbs as Vita Sackville-West, Beatrix Farrand, and the pair of Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll, describes how some of the species mutated, while others proved hardy and easy to hybridize, resulting in the rhododendron having made a greater impact on the English landscape than any other plant since. Her paean is illustrated with three sections of color plates and additional black and white photos and drawings.
 
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