Plants from the edge of the world
Plants from the edge of the world - new explorations in the Far East

By Mark Flanagan and Tony Kirkham


Published in 2005 by Timber Press, colour, hard cover, 312 pages


Price $A69.95 plus $A13.50 postage within Australia [up to 3 kg], overseas postage please request a quote


ISBN 0881926760 or ISBN 9780881926767

  • Description
  • About the authors
  • Table of contents

In October 1987 a great storm drove in from the English Channel, devastating the south-eastern counties of the British Isles. Huge gaps opened in the landscape and the historic tree collections at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Wakehurst Place in West Sussex lay fallen. 


The losses sparked a realisation that the collections at Kew and Wakehurst Place lacked key representatives of the world’s temperate woodlands and provided impetus for a new wave of plant collecting, led by Mark Flanagan and Tony Kirkham. The narrative unfolds with an intimacy that makes us feel right there beside them as they uncover rarities like Cotoneaster wilsonii, hang off the side of a gorge to collect seed of Magnolia sieboldii and endure a punishing day in search of the Taiwan beech.


Vividly illustrated with colour maps and photographs, this entertaining travelogue will appeal to travellers, plant lovers and anyone with an interest in the rich diversity of flora in the Far East.


About the authors


Mark Flanagan is Keeper of the Gardens in Great Windsor Park where he is responsible for the world-renowned Savill and Valley Gardens as well as the gardens at Frogmore and Royal Lodge.


Tony Kirkham is Head of the Arboretum and Horticultural Services at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew where he cares for the existing heritage landscape and woody plant collections and maintains the integrity and development of the living scientific plant collections.


Table of contents


Foreword by Roy Lancaster



Chapter 1. An ill wind

Chapter 2. The garden of the World

Chapter 3. Land of the Morning Calm

Chapter 4. Atop the Jade Mountain

Chapter 5. To Russia with trepidation

Chapter 6. Hokkaido, alone?

Chapter 7. In an English garden

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