Flora of the Silk Road

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Flora of the Silk Road Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Bloomsbury Publishing Pages: 416 Illustrations and other contents: 600 colour integrated ISBN: 9781472969101 Category:

This is a re-issue in the same format of the 2014 original – now out of print.

Chris and Basak Gardner celebrate the plants and scenery to be found along 5,000 miles of the fabled Silk Road. Embracing Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Central Asia and China, more than five hundred wild flowers are shown with the beautiful landscapes in which these botanical paradises are found. The text gives descriptions of the species, plant families and their distribution, as well as information on photographing plants in the wild.

This book will be of interest to plantsmen, horticulturalists and anyone interested in the spectacular landscapes that form the Silk Road.


Weight3.7 kg
Without a shadow of a doubt this is the most spectacular account and presentation of native flora I have ever seen... Roy Lancaster, The Garden (RHS Magazine)'Christopher and Basak Gardner have written the most beautiful new book called Flora of the Silk Road: An Illustrated Guide. Their book has taken me vicariously from Syria to China and has given me more pleasure than any colour-designed book I have read in years ... For the gardener the book is a glimpse of paradise.' Robin Lane-Fox, Financial Times ~ 'This is a book to make you weep. Weep at the sheer beauty of its photographs and of the flowers and landscapes laid out before your eyes' Historic Gardens Review ~'A stunning collection of more than 500 flowers ... the images cannot fail to enlighten ... armchair travellers will relish the living tapestry in this tour de force ... I thoroughly recommend it.'  Journal of the Royal Photographic Society ~'Presents exquisite photographs of 545 species ... there are also wonderful landscape, architecture and habitat views. The book is a masterpiece of great interest for all fascinated by the Silk Road. The image reproduction and book design are superb. With 406 pages and over 500 stunning photographs, the book is well worth buying, enjoying, treasuring.' The Plantsman

Author Biography

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.