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Flora of the Silk Road: The Complete Illustrated Guide

Flora of the Silk Road: The Complete Illustrated Guide
Basak Gardner, Chris Gardner

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The Silk Road - a name that has enchanted for centuries. Yet a well kept secret, even today, is that this fabled route linking Europe with Asia is also the most spectacular floral region on earth. Chris and Basak Gardner offer a unique pictorial celebration of the plants and scenery to be found along its 5,000 miles. Embracing Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Central Asia and China, more than five hundred of the finest wild flowers are depicted together with the beautiful landscapes in which these botanical paradises are found. With an accompanying text giving descriptions of the species, plant families and their distribution, as well as information on photographing plants in the wild, this unique book will amaze and delight not only those with an interest in the spectacular and legendary landscapes that form the Silk Road but also plantsmen and horticulturalists worldwide.

Author Info

Chris and Basak Gardner have lead specialist botanical and wildlife tours worldwide for many years, particularly in the countries of the Silk Road. Both are professional botanists with extensive experience in identifying and photographing flowers. Chris is also an experienced garden designer and co-author of the successful book, " The Plant Hunters" (1998). Basak was Head of Herbarium at Nezahat Gokyigit Botanic Garden in Istanbul.


‘Beautiful... for a gardener, the book is like a glimpse of paradise.’
Robin Lane Fox, Financial Times

‘Impressive... more than a stunning collection of 500 flowers... the images cannot fail to enlighten browsers about the origins of many plants... less adventurous armchair travellers will relish the living tapestry in this tour de force.’
Heather Angel, Royal Photographic Society

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781780769417
Publication Date: 18 Dec 2014
Number of Pages: 416
Height: 300
Width: 250
Illustrations: 600 colour integrated

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