One thought on “A Brief History of Gardening by Neil Fairbairn

  1. Thomas Ranier and Claudia West’s A Brief History of Gardening published by Rodale Press in 2001 appeals to botanical historians or really anyone who is interested in world history in general. Combining politics, culture, horticulture, and anthropology, the book covers the earliest photosynthesizing 2.8 billion years ago to 2000 CE–a major undertaking for any researcher. Gardening is the most natural and unnatural of human activities. Humans have both been botanical disciples and despots throughout history. Absentee Roman empire landlords to agribusiness today have operated in tandem with philosophers, holy men and women, practical farmers and visionary scientists. A Brief History reinforces the concept that we must cultivate our gardens with intelligence, care and hope.

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