The Tulip is not a gardening book. It is the story of a flower that has made men mad. Greed, desire, anguish, devotion have all played their part in the development of the tulip from a wild flower of the Asian steppes to the world-wide phenomenon it is today.
The US alone imports three thousand million tulip bulbs each year, Germany and France even more.
Why did the tulip dominate so many lives through so many centuries in so many countries?
The author, a self-confessed tulipomaniac, has spent six years looking for answers.
No other flower has ever carried so much baggage; it charts political upheavals, illuminates social behaviour, mirrors economic booms and busts, plots the ebb and flow of religious persecution.
Roaming through Asia, India, Russia and the Ottoman Empire, the author tells how the tulip arrived from Turkey and took the whole of Western Europe by storm.
In the petals of the exquisite English florists' tulips, still exhibited in competition by members of the Wakefield Tulip Society in Yorkshire, runs the blood of flowers first grown by John Evelyn in the middle of the seventeenth century. Sumptuously illustrated from a wide range of sources, the book also features descriptions of eighty wild-species tulips and several hundred garden varieties.
This beautifully produced and irresistible volume will become a bible, a unique source book, a universal gift book and a joy to all who possess it.
Author note: Anna Pavord is the gardening correspondent for the Independent, and the author of widely praised gardening books including The Flowering Year and Gardening Companion.
As well as writing for the Observer for twenty years, she has contributed to Country Life, Country Living, and Elle Decoration, and is an associate editor of Gardens Illustrated.
She lives in Dorset, England, in an old rectory with a large garden that she has been developing for twenty years.
Constantly experimenting with new combinations of flowers and foliage, she finds it
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 448 pages, colour & b&w illustr
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 14/01/1999
- Category: Gardening: flowers
- ISBN: 9780747542964