The Smallest Kingdom
Authors: Mike and Liz Fraser. 300pp. 280 x 238mm. 100+ full colour botanical paintings. Over 100 colour photos. Hardback, ISBN 9781842463895, Kew Publishing 2011.
The Smallest Kingdom is an illustrated account of the botanical exploration of South Africa's Cape Floral Kingdom and the plants that this region has given to the gardens of the world over the last four centuries. Over Kew's 250 year history, Cape plants and their collectors have contributed greatly to the establishment of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew as the pre-eminent centre for botanical research. The book is illustrated throughout with full colour botanical paintings, and will appeal to conservationists, gardeners, botanists, historians, botanical artists, naturalists, and visitors to the Cape.
Garden Media Guild Awards: Finalist - Inspirational Book of the Year 2011.
The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries Annual Awards: Nominated titles, 2012 awards.
Anyone who knows the Cape, or is planning to visit, should put this on their Christmas list. John Hoyland, Gardens Illustrated, November 2011
It is an excellent introduction to the famous flora of the Cape Province... One of the aspects that I found both valuable and fascinating was the description of the history of introduction, and subsequent breeding, of many familiar garden staples. This is the best account I am aware of on this subject, Tony Orchard, Australasian Systematic Botany Society
This lavish and eminently readable account of the history and flora of the Cape is beautiful – well written and a joy to flick through. It will surely appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of botany, gardening or the Cape, Rebecca Armstrong, Birdwatch
Mike and Liz Fraser lived at the Cape for 12 years, spending much of their time immersed in its wonderful landscapes and wildlife. They were awarded the prestigious Marloth Medal of the Botanical Society of South Africa for promoting the conservation of the region’s unique and spectacular flora through their best-selling books A Fynbos Year and Between Two Shores.
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