Monkey Puzzle Man: Archibald Menzies, Plant Hunter by James McCarthy PDF

By James McCarthy

Archibald Menzies was once one in all a legion of intrepid Scots plant creditors within the 18th and nineteenth centuries who roamed the realm and, by way of a mix of sturdiness and information, confirmed the rules of the botany of the British Empire. this can be a interesting story of ways he introduced the monkey puzzle to England for the 1st time and offers an perception to overseas plant amassing within the 18th century. according to his diaries, the writer recounts how Menzies, when on a vintage voyage of exploration within which he circumnavigated the realm two times, is the one naval doctor to be put lower than arrest for insubordination - and all simply because his valuable crops have been washed away! he's additionally the single guy to have pocketed his dessert at a overseas presidential ceremonial dinner, which consequently ended in the advent of 1 of the main curious timber to Britain's parks and estates. the writer tells a story of excessive experience on land and sea within the latter a part of the 18th century, from a surgeon's grisly paintings on the conflict of the Saints within the West Indies to the seductive attract of Tahitian maidens and plant gathering in freezing Alaska. Menzies was once the 1st to ascend the fiery volcano of Mauna Loa in Hawaii, the place the natives aptly defined him as 'the red-faced guy who collected grass and bring to an end men's limbs'. An acclaimed naturalist, Menzies made significant botanical discoveries through the epic trip of HMS Discovery lower than Captain George Vancouver alongside the north-west coast of the United States within the early 1790s, gaining knowledge of many crops which now decorate British and continental gardens. He additionally defined the Californian condor and made vital early anthropological observations at the local peoples of North the US. during this hugely readable publication, the writer recounts the tale of ways a tender Scots gardener from humble origins turned a special plant pioneer who replaced the face of gardens all through Europe by means of his botanical discoveries.

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