Thursday, 13 January 2011

Leapman, Michael "The Ingenious Mr Fairchild: The Forgotten Father of the Flower Garden"


Leapman, Michael "The Ingenious Mr Fairchild: The Forgotten Father of the Flower Garden" - 2001

A very fascinating book, even if you're not into gardening at all (like me). The story of a gardener who first experimented in breeding different plants by “interfering with nature”.

The author describes the history alongside with a very interesting tour through London but also draws our attention to the concerns we have today towards genetic manipulation. It only sounds like a historical report about something long forgotten.

We discussed this in our book club in January 2004.

From the back cover: "An award-winning journalist pens a fascinating account of the life and times of Thomas Fairchild, a London nurseryman who discovered hybridization and paved the way for the growth of gardening as a cultural obsession. 8-page color photo insert."

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