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This splendidly illustrated book about the world-famous botanic gardens at Kew examines their historic impact and importance. With more than 250 fascinating photographs, many of them previously unseen, it describes the botanical, social, cultural, political and technological developments of the past two centuries and highlights the pivotal role that plants have played in British life.
The tale of Kew Gardens embraces a wide range of themes, including:
About the authors:
- plant hunters, ecologists, explorers and other pioneers
- the evolution of building and garden design
- influential directors, architects and landscape gardeners
- the Gardens as a vital public service
- digging for victory - Kew in wartime
has been Assistant Curator of Art and Artefacts at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for the past five years. She previously worked in collections management at London's V&A Museum and with anthropological and photographic collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. Kiri Ross-Jones
is Kew's Archivist and Records Manager. She has managed Kew's archives for the past six years, prior to which she worked in the archives of the V&A Museum, London and the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich.
The images to the right, taken from the Spring edition of the Kew Magazine, are provided to give you a sneak peek at just how fantastic the images really are.