The Plant Hunters (2017 new edition)

The Plant Hunters (2017 new edition)

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The Plant Hunters (2017 new edition)

The Plant Hunters reveals the adventures of the world's greatest explorers.

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From geraniums to begonias, the common plants that adorn back gardens are rarely native to our region. The same goes for many of the diverse and delicious fruits and vegetables that grace our dinner tables. We take their accessibility and ubiquity for granted, unaware of the great debt we owe to the naturalists and explorers who travelled around the world in search of these then unusual plants, and brought back samples and seeds along with fantastic stories.


Beautifully illustrated with more than 150 images from the archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, including fascinating documents, this new edition of The Plant Hunters tells how plants were moved across the world, how new discoveries helped to save lives and how, even today, hundreds of new species are still being discovered.


'Lavishly illustrated'. New Scientist


The 2012 edition of The Plant Hunters won the Scholarly, Academic and Reference book award at the British Book Awards, 2013.



Carolyn Fry is a journalist and author. The former editor of Geographical, the magazine of the Royal Geographical Society, Carolyn’s books include A New Year at Kew and Plants: From Roots to Riches, written to accompany the landmark BBC Radio 4 series of the same name.

Additional Info

Additional Info

  1. Author: Carolyn Fry
  2. 160pp. 220 colour & b/w illustrations. 237 x 185mm. Hardback
  3. ISBN 9780233005164
  4. Andre Deutsch in association with RBG Kew, 2017

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