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Seven Flowers

Jennifer Potter

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-1009-2
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8

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In this fascinating excursion into the botanical world, horticultural historian Jennifer Potter examines seven flowers—lotuses, lilies, sunflowers, opium poppies, roses, tulips, and orchids—that have changed society in different ways.

Drawing on sources both ancient and modern, and featuring lush, full-color illustrations and gorgeous line art throughout, Jennifer Potter examines our changing relationship with these potent plants and the effects they had on civilizations throughout the ages. Potter also explores how different cultures came to view the same flower in different lights.

Praise for Seven Flowers:

"Potter’s book is for the armchair florist, the orchid-obsessed, and the history reader with a green thumb. The flowers are an excuse to arrange a bouquet of interesting vignettes, such as the origins of the fleur-de-lis or the introduction of laudanum, made from opium poppies, in Western medicine. If Potter’s source list is any indication, she has distilled a massive amount of information into an erudite book with an entertaining conceit."—Publishers Weekly

"Anyone who has ever planted a seed or loved a flower can appreciate the author’s knowledge and devotion."—Kirkus Reviews

Jennifer Potter writes about the history and culture of plants, gardeners and gardens. She reviews regularly for the Times Literary Supplement, and has been variously a Royal Literary Fund Fellow, a Hawthornden Fellow and an Honorary Teaching Fellow on the Warwick Writing Program.

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