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Reviews of 100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names

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Author (1): Diana Wells
Author (2): Ippy Patterson (illustrator)

Hardcopy edition:
Publish date: February 1997
Published by: Algonquin Books
List price: $17.95
ISBN Number: 1565121384



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From the back cover

One Hundred Stories of Myth and Legend, Sex, Death, War and Conquest, Hope, Fear, Botanical history -- and Beautiful Things.

Garden write Diana Wells plucks our favorite flowers and explains how we came to know and love them:

*Rose - Napoleon's wife, Empress Josephine, carried one to hide her teeth when she laughed.

*Forsythia - Scotsman Willliam Forsyth (for whom it's named) conned the British navy out of 1500 with a mysterious concoction.

*Water Lily - No one dared to tell Queen Victoria that the variety named after her was also named after the legendary Amazons.

*Datura - Thomas Jefferson was afraid to plant it in the garden in Monticello.

*Nasturtium - Monet's famous garden at Giverny relied on it.

*Chrysanthemum - Introduced to Japan by Zen Buddhist monks.

*Acanthus - Its leaves inspired ornamentation in Ancient Greek architecture.

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