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RAGE FOR ROCK GARDENING: THE STORY OF REGINALD FARRER, GARDENER, WRITER & PLANT COLLECTOR, SHULMAN, NICOLA
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Author Name    SHULMAN, NICOLA

Title   RAGE FOR ROCK GARDENING: THE STORY OF REGINALD FARRER, GARDENER, WRITER & PLANT COLLECTOR

Binding   HARDCOVER

Jacket Condition   in Brand New jacket.

Publisher    David R. Godine, Publisher 2004

ISBN Number    156792249X / 9781567922493

Seller ID   9781567922493N

David R. Godine, Publisher 11/24/2004. New hardcover. in Brand New jacket.

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A hundred years ago there was a pronounced change in the direction of British gardening. The garden was transformed from a plaything for the rich to a democratic exercise, a hobby for the millions. Few figures were more central to and prominent in this transition than eccentric Reginald Farrer, whose passion for alpines would put a rockery in the backyards of countless enthusiasts and whose adventures in Tibet and China collecting elusive and exotic specimens, including the wild tree peony, a new buddleaia, and even an entire new genus called Farreria, were the stuff of legends. But Farrer was a strange man, a tortured soul. Tormented by physical disabilities (he had a hare lip, a "pygmy body," and a cleft palate) he developed a personality to match: defensive, restless, yet productive and endlessly energetic. Although "born to endless night," within his realm of horticultural exploration and exploitation, he was a giant, parlaying his disadvantages into advantages, becoming one of the great plant hunters of his age, repeatedly travelling to Japan and Tibet to collect new species and, through the influence of his extraordinary series of books, changing forever the art and practice of Western gardening.

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