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In the 1630s the Netherlands was gripped by tulipmania: a speculative fever unprecedented in scale and, as popular history would have it, folly. We all know the outline of the story—how otherwise sensible merchants, nobles, and artisans spent all they had (and much that they didn’t) on tulip bulbs. We have heard how these bulbs changed hands hundreds of times in a single day, and how some bulbs, sold and resold for thousands of guilders, never even existed. Tulipmania is seen as an example of …

The book that helped make Michael Pollan, the New York Times bestselling author of Cooked and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, one of the most trusted food experts in America.Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: the bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers’ genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal …

Since the 10th century, when tulips were first cultivated in Persia, tulips have become one of the most loved flower around the world. In the Netherlands, especially in the province Holland, beautiful fields of colourful tulips attract tourists and tulip lovers from all around the world. They organize special tulip festivals and several tulip routes are leading the visitors along the large fields. Calvendo calendars are premium products - a bit more pricey than others but with added benefits: Our …

The New York Times bestseller and international publishing sensation-now available in paperback. Greed, desire, anguish, and devotion have all played their part in the development of the tulip from a wild flower of the Asian steppes to the worldwide phenomenon it is today. No other flower has ever carried so much cultural baggage: it charts political upheavals, illuminates social behavior, mirrors economic booms and busts, and plots the ebb and flow of religious persecution.Sumptuously illustrated …
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A seductive journey into the obsessive, outrageous, and mesmerizing world of orchids. From the steaming jungles of Borneo to the hallowed hallways of Kew Gardens, from the clandestine orchid nurseries of Europe to the peat bogs of northern Minnesota, here are luscious, sexy flowers, orchid smugglers, fist-fighting botanists, moths with twelve-inch-long tongues, and government officials who raid orchid nurseries with attack dogs and automatic weapons. Strange tales of insect pollinator fidelity, the …
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The story of orchid thief and obsessive, John Laroche, and the bizarre world of the orchid fanciers of Florida. The world of the orchid hunters, breeders and showmen, their rivalries, vendettas and crimes, smuggling, thefts and worse provide the backdrop to an exploration of one of the byways of human nature, the obsessive world of the collector.Orchidelirium is the name the Victorians gave to the flower madness that is for botanical collectors the equivalent of gold fever. Wealthy orchid fanatics …

The fascination of everyday flowers, herbs and spices. Traditional spells and rituals for finding ones true love (red roses meant a handsome husband); the significance in myths of bay leaves, thyme and sage; the mania for tulip bulbs that caused stock markets to crash in Holland; the symbolism of royal wedding bouquets, and much more, are all described in this exploration into the strange history of many familiar plants. An entertaining and often funny book, it casts light on time-honoured uses and …

In 1993 Eric Hansen led an expedition through the steaming jungles of Borneo to find the worlds rarest orchid. Five years later he was still on the trail. An unputdownable tale of corruption, murder and moths with twelve-inch tongues.At first blush, the subtitle of intrepid traveler Eric Hansens floral account might seem, well, hyperbolic. After taking this whirlwind tour of the hidden world of rare orchid collectors, the reader will find the words well chosen. Hansen invites us into a strange demimonde …

First published in 1956, We Made a Garden is the story of how Margery Fish, the leading gardener of the 1960s, and her husband Walter transformed an acre of wilderness into a stunning cottage garden, still open to the public at East Lambrook Manor, Somerset, England. Margery Fish recounts the trails and tribulations, successes and failures, of her venture with ease and humour. Her book will interest all those who are planning gardens for themselves, as well as those who delight in cottage garden …
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Coveted by kings and admired by gardeners in ancient and modern times alike, the tulip has nearly brought nations to moral and economic ruin. The Tulip Anthology is a beautiful and comprehensive celebration of this most astonishing and beloved of flowers. Ron van Dongen s lush color photography is paired with visual art from the last thousand years, as well as writings on the mystery and wonder of the tulip from throughout human history. A foreword by best-selling author and tulip expert Anna Pavord …

Introducing a gallery of fresh and vibrant flowers for your desktop. With hundreds of gorgeously composed photographs in full color, Flowers is the next best thing to stepping into a wildflower-filled meadow, or displaying a fragrant bouquet just cut from the garden. A festive red-and-white tulip blossom. Baskets of dew-flecked lotus flowers in a Bangkok market. A stand of apple trees in full bloom. The sculptural contours of a Golden Arum Lily. The images are a lively mix of studio shots, flowers …

The Dutch had Tulip Mania in the 17th century. Victorian England had its own equivalent with orchidelirium, an obsessive passion for orchids that has carried into the present day. Orchids remain among the most beautiful, hotly debated, and passionately collected of all flowers. ORCHIDELIRIUM presents Harold Feinsteins breathtaking pictures of orchids--dozens of different varieties and shades of them. In the tradition of the critically acclaimed gift book One Hundred Flowers (Bulfinch Press, 2000), …
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Koji Arai is one of those people who accidentally found their great ambition and passion in life. When he started working in a flower shop in Sao Paolo the main goal was to earn a living and improve his command of Portuguese. He could barely tell a rose from a tulip, let alone make a bouquet. As the shop did not spoon-feed him any instructions Arai learnt the art by stealing with his eyes. Ever since that first experience he has been obsessed with plants and the possibilities of flower design. After …

This lavishly illustrated, oversized volume is a gorgeous tribute to one of the most beloved flowers of spring. The tulip has a long and storied history, including an episode in seventeenth-century Holland, when speculation in tulip bulbs raged out of control, nearly bankrupting the entire nation. Originally published at $40; over 20 thousand copies sold. …

In 1637, one Dutchman paid as much for a single tulip bulb as the going price of a town house in Amsterdam. Three and a half centuries later, Amsterdam is once again the mecca for people who care passionately about one particular plant — thought this time the obsessions revolves around the intoxicating effects of marijuana rather than the visual beauty of the tulip. How could flowers, of all things, become such objects of desire that they can drive men to financial ruin? In The Botany of Desire, …
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Tulips: Facts and Folklore About the World s Most Planted Flower celebrates this enduring flower and how it has captured the hearts and imaginations of gardeners and collectors for over 500 years. Lavishly illustrated with photographs by the world-renowned photographer Malak, Tulips is a stunning pictorial history of the flower s beauty and versatility. Arriving from Turkey and taking Western Europe by storm, tulips have endured and are a mainstay for gardeners and collectors alike, with varieties …