Origin of Plants
The People and Plants that have Shaped Britain's
Eden Prioect Books
Reviewed by Gordon Roberts
THIS scholarly book is
written from a British perspective, but has wider implications.
Throughout history Britain's
spectacular garden and private and public collections have become
the largest repository for plants from all corners of the globe.
Today with the almost daily disappearance of plant species from
our planet, the reality of mass extinction gives Britain's resource
This book is far more
than a mere compendium of which plants arrived in Britain and when
they arrived. Maggie Culver-Campbell's probing into why they were
sought and brought makes intriguing reading.
Galling for Kiwi readers
will be the rather limited acknowledgement of New Zealand's contribution
to this plant pool, while
other reviewers have pointed to historical inaccuracies in the documenting
of our botanic gardens.
Gardener, Issue 171, 2005, Page 29
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH