100 Plants that (almost) changed the World

Chris Beardshaw

A tapestry of musings, rambles and ‘I didn’t know that’ facts that document some of the diverse, fantastic and entertaining relationships that humans have forged with plants throughout the ages.

185 x 155 mm

168 pages


ISBN: 978-1-906506-19-3


IPPY Silver Medal 2014 – Home & Garden

Subject: Nature

From adopting and popularising exotic plants as part of a nation’s diet to discovering, or sometimes stumbling upon characteristics that facilitate technological advances, our relationship with the plant kingdom is as broad, wonderful and strange as the plants themselves. These pithy stories span species celebrated as tribal fodder to delicacies elevated as some of our most valued possessions, from the ultimate symbols of devotion and love to campaigns that resulted in genocide, revolt and the shaping of the global political landscape.

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Chris Beardshaw

Chris Beardshaw is one of the leading lights in the world of gardening. On screen and on air, Chris is loved by millions for his ability to communicate and share his rich vein of knowledge with warmth and enthusiasm. Chris heads up a private design practice and has undertaken commissions for a number of high profile projects for clients such as English Heritage, The RSPB, RNLI and Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. He is a regular columnist for The English Garden and Garden News, and is the author of three books.

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"Facts and figures and anecdotes are at the heart of this book, and it will make a fun gift to introduce plants to a young generation"
The Herb Society Magazine

"Fascinating … a must for anyone with an interest in gardening, plants, science or the occasional folly of human nature"
Garden News

"Entertaining, beautifully illustrated"
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