The Brother Gardeners:
A Generation of Gentlemen Naturalists
and the Birth of an Obsession
By: Andrea Wulf
A fascinating yarn chronicling the birth of modern gardening! Andrea Wulf's wonderful and entrancing book brings to life the science and adventure of eighteenth-century plant collecting. The story begins in 1733 with colonial farmer John Bartram, who ships two boxes of precious American plants and seeds to collector Peter Collinson in London. Thus launches a botany movement that would come to include famous Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus; Philip Miller, bestselling author of The Gardeners Dictionary; and Joseph Banks and David Solander, two botanist explorers, who scoured the globe for plant life aboard Captain Cook’s Endeavor. Their obsession with cultivating exotic blooms from all over the world helped make Britain the epicenter of horticulture!