Wild Edens


Available for Pre-order. Due September 2022.

There are books that recognize famous garden designers and offer inspiration to would-be garden-makers. And there are thousands of manuals that will tell you how to garden. But only one tells the story of any garden’s most important ‘raw material’ – its ornamental plants. Wild Edens is that book: global in scope and arranged geographically, it unveils ten biodiversity hotspots that are home to many of our garden treasures, such as Ixia dubia in the Western Cape and the Mediterranean’s Crocus biflorus.

Each chapter includes a map, personal reflections from the author about exploring these often-remote locations, scene-setting descriptions on topography, geography, climate and flora, key botanical locations within the hotspot, a plant compendium and summary of how the plants impacted garden fashions/styles. Tapping into the revival in interest of nature, gardening and the natural world, this is a premium armchair traveller’s guide to interesting plants, flora and fauna from around the world, often from locations that are hard to visit, even without a global pandemic.

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Author Biography

Chris Gardner is a horticulturist, botanist and photographer who organises and leads specialist botanical tours worldwide. He is the author and photographer of 2 illustrated botanical field guides. Dr Toby Musgrave FSA FLS is a plants and gardens historian, independent scholar and consultant. He is the author or co-author of 18 books.