Bookshelf: Garden/Plant History & Folklore:

A Year At Kew
'Kew Garden has recently been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, ranking it alongside Stonehenge, the Pyramids and the Taj Mahal. It receives over a million visitors a year and has been voted the UK’s favourite garden 2004.

Accompanying a new BBC2 series, A Year at Kew is a month-by-month journey through the world’s greatest botanical garden, following the work of Kew’s committed team of experts in the gardens and glass houses, laboratories and libraries that give Kew its reputation as a centre of scientific excellence. Each monthly chapter looks at what’s currently in flower at Kew, what’s being planted or removed, names a plant of the month and takes an in-depth look at one of the special activities going on – everything from research field trips to garden parties. Day-in-the-life diaries of some of the stars from the television series capture the magic of the garden, and the year is punctuated with a series of hugely popular seasonal festivals and exhibitions.

Beautifully illustrated and with extensive behind-the-scenes access, the book captures the passion and commitment that goes into the garden and offers a unique look at the private life of Kew Garden throughout a busy and signficant year in its history. It also includes a foreword by Alan Titchmarsh.'

I have been to Kew many times, but I was surprised at how much I missed by not reading this book! There is something of value worth seeing during every season at Kew.


Author : Rupert Smith
ISBN : 0563522828
Publisher : BBC Books
Sugg. Retail Price : $32.95
Available in Softcover
Number of Pages : 192

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