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A delightful little gem published by David R Godine in 2004 Entertaining sometimes laugh out loud and educational A great read about one of the many folks who went plant hunting in Asia in the early part of the 20th century Romantic, fantastic adventures that resulted in the introduction of many new plants now well known to us Farrer also figured how to successfully grow Alpine rock garden plants and this book has convinced me not to go there He is also the person whose writing style was A delightful little gem published by David R Godine in 2004 Entertaining sometimes laugh out loud and educational A great read about one of the many folks who went plant hunting in Asia in the early part of the 20th century Romantic, fantastic adventures that resulted in the introduction of many new plants now well known to us Farrer also figured how to successfully grow Alpine rock garden plants and this book has convinced me not to go there He is also the person whose writing style was totally new and became the measure by which all other garden writers measured themselves Yes, even the great Vita I only wish Schulman had writtenthan two books I d love to read a whole series of short little treasures like this on all the early 20th C names in gardening and horticulture #DOWNLOAD EPUB ó A Rage for Rock Gardening: The Story of Reginald Farrer, Gardener, Writer & Plant Collector ó A hundred years ago there was a pronounced change in the direction of British gardening The garden was transformed from a plaything for the rich to a democratic exercise, a hobby for the millions Few figures were central to and prominent in this transition than eccentric Reginald Farrer, whose passion for alpines would put a rockery in the backyards of countless enthusiasts and whose adventures in Tibet and China collecting elusive and exotic specimens, including the wild tree peony, a new buddleaia, and even an entire new genus called Farreria, were the stuff of legends But Farrer was a strange man, a tortured soul Tormented by physical disabilities he had a hare lip, a pygmy body, and a cleft palate he developed a personality to match defensive, restless, yet productive and endlessly energetic Although born to endless night, within his realm of horticultural exploration and exploitation, he was a giant, parlaying his disadvantages into advantages, becoming one of the great plant hunters of his age, repeatedly travelling to Japan and Tibet to collect new species and, through the influence of his extraordinary series of books, changing forever the art and practice of Western gardening Small odd book about a small odd man. I registered a book at BookCrossing.com I registered a book at BookCrossing.com This book introduces the reader to the ill countenanced, ill tempered dwarf of a man namedReginald Ferrar, who changed the entire face of English gardening in the early 1900 s As spiteful and cynical as he was talented and adventurous, Ferrar journeyed into China and Tibet to collect the alpine plants that are the staple of the rock gardens he started a craze for that still lives on He was so quirky, the book is a lovely read. All gardeners should read this book Roy Lancaster The reader will blink, first with astonishment, then with pleasure at every detail Shulman has produced an elegant mini masterpiece Antonia Fraser A wonderfully concise and shrewd account of an interestingly ambivalent figure a vivid picture of the world of early 20th century plant collecting Penelope Lively As good as biography gets pithy, funny, touching, never less than captivating Cressida Connolly, Vogue Written with an e All gardeners should read this book Roy Lancaster The reader will blink, first with astonishment, then with pleasure at every detail Shulman has produced an elegant mini masterpiece Antonia Fraser A wonderfully concise and shrewd account of an interestingly ambivalent figure a vivid picture of the world of early 20th century plant collecting Penelope Lively As good as biography gets pithy, funny, touching, never less than captivating Cressida Connolly, Vogue Written with an eye for foible and the telling detail, this is a magnificent little book, as perfectly suited to the student of human nature as it is to fans of gardening and exotic travel Katherine Powers, The Boston Globe You get five stars, Nicola, for very good reason First, you picked a little known and utterly unlikeable hero, and you made him fascinating instead of repulsive Well, OK, he s still repulsive, but in a can t stop looking at the Titanic sinking kind of way And then you write like a dream Not only can you explain the history of Victorian British gardening in a few delightfully lucid pages, you continually made me smile with clever turns of phrase His novels are masterpieces of rancor, and You get five stars, Nicola, for very good reason First, you picked a little known and utterly unlikeable hero, and you made him fascinating instead of repulsive Well, OK, he s still repulsive, but in a can t stop looking at the Titanic sinking kind of way And then you write like a dream Not only can you explain the history of Victorian British gardening in a few delightfully lucid pages, you continually made me smile with clever turns of phrase His novels are masterpieces of rancor, and that his parents responded to his novels by not reading them It was a talent of theirs to ignore what they did not like Please, please, write another