One January morning in 1734, cloth merchant Peter Collinson hurried down to
the docks at London's Custom House to collect cargo just arrived from John
Bartram in the American colonies. But it was not bales of cotton that
awaited him, but plants and seeds... Over the next forty years, Bartram
would send hundreds of American species to England, where Collinson was one
of a handful of men who would foster a national obsession and change the
gardens of Britain forever: Philip Miller, author of the bestselling
Gardeners Dictionary; the Swede Carl Linnaeus, whose standardised botanical
nomenclature popularised botany; the botanist-adventurer Joseph Banks and
his colleague Daniel Solander who both explored the strange flora of Tahiti
and Australia on Captain Cook's Endeavour. This is the story of these men -
friends, rivals, enemies, united by a passion for plants. Set against the
backdrop of the emerging empire and the uncharted world beyond, The Brother
Gardeners tells the story how Britain became a nation of gardeners.

Andrea Wulf—The Brother Gardeners - Botany, Empire And The Birth Of An Obsessio

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