Over the past four centuries botanists and gardeners in the British Isles have gathered, maintained and propagated many varying species of plants. Their work has been documented in innumerable books and articles which are often difficult to trace. The Dictionary of British and Irish Botanists and Horticulturalists represents a time-saving reference source for those who wish to discover more about the lives and achievements of the horticulturalists listed. The dictionary's utility comes not only from indicating the major publications of the named authors, but also the location of their herbaria and manuscripts.; The previous 1977 edition of the Dictionary has for many years been a much used source of information for botanists, botanic artists and archivists. In this revised edition the scope has been expanded to include among its 13,000 entries flower painters in addition to botanical artists over 1400 entries and, for the first time, garden designers.; Finally the Dictionary should have international appeal since so many botanists and gardeners worked on collective plants overseas, in particular in North America and the British Commonwealth.; Each entry gives, wherever possible, details of dates and places of birth and death, educational qualifications, professional posts, honours and awards, publications, location of plant collections, manuscripts, drawings and portraits. Its main function, however, is to provide further biographical references to books and periodicals. Comprehensive classified indices facilitate access by professions and activities, countries, and plant interests.
Table of Contents
Preface -- Preface to 1977 edition -- Historical introduction by William T. Stearn -- Bibliography of Works Consulted -- Books -- Periodicals -- Abbreviations -- Biographical Entries -- Subject Index -- Professions, etc. -- Plants -- Countries, etc.
Ray Desmond was formerly Chief Librarian and Archivist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London and Deputy Keeper of the India Office Library and Records. He is also a former Chairman of the Garden History Society and past President of the Society for the History of Natural History. Christine Ellwood is Science Librarian at the J B Morrell Library at the University of York.