Environmental and botanical interest

Plants: Healers and Killers

Professor Michael R Lee

ISBN 978-1-906129-96-5, Paperback, 160pp, fully colour illustrated throughout, £15 + postage & packing, available to order online

Plants have been known for their medicinal properties for many centuries. In mythology and tales of ancient times lie clues to their usage and often the embellished claims of legend hold a grain of scientific truth. This book examines the history, folklore and medicinal uses of sixteen iconic plants and fungi, and the active substances which can be isolated from them. From notorious murders, accidental poisonings, possession by evil spirits and witches' brews to drugs which have revolutionised modern medicine, this book explores the power of plants.

The Living Collection

by Dr David Rae, Former Director of Horticulture at RBGE

ISBN: 978-1-906129-77-4, Paperback, 240pp, fully colour illustrated throughout, £25 + postage & packing, available to order online

A comprehensive account of the history, accession, care and maintainance of RBGE's living plant collection across our four Gardens. In The Living Collection David Rae offers a new way of seeing the extraordinary diversity of plants cultivated outside or under glass. The Director of Horticulture at RBGE also guides the reader behind the scenes to reveal the skilled work involved in caring for a world-famous collection and then explains exactly why it matters.

Gardening the Earth

Gardening the Earth - Gateways to a Sustainable Future

by Professor Stephen Blackmore

ISBN: 978-1-906129-19-4, Paperback, large format, full colour illustrated with photos and illustrations throughout, £16 + postage & packing, available to order online

In this frank, but highly readable book, Professor Stephen Blackmore, former RBGE Regius Keeper, strips away the mystique and complexity that often shrouds the subject of climate change. No longer is it a topic exclusively for scientists and politicians to debate. Prof. Blackmore has thrown climate change into the public arena and his book puts the responsibility for conserving our planet well and truly in our hands. He emphasises the need to keep our rich biological inheritance and to recognise the importance of plants in keeping the global ecosystems balanced. He reminds us that we are all shareholders in planet Earth and that we need to invest in nature by tending the global garden.

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