|Joseph Banks, the father of modern plant hunting by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1773)|
And in many way I think he was right, but also very glad that these men undertook the challenges, for gardens would be far duller places had they not.
|The cover featuring Ernest Wilson's beautiful Lilium regale in the Min valley, Sichuan|
|Ernest Wilson, one of the most successful plant hunters employed by the Veitch Nursery|
|Discovered by Joseph Hooker, Rhododendron hodgsonii in the Zemu valley, Sikkim|
|Sir Joseph Hooker whose arrest in Sikkim changed the map of the Empire and whose Rhododendron discoveries kick-started 'rhododendromania'|
|Meconopsis lancifolia on the Daxueshan mountains of Yunnan|
Even if I say so myself, these are damn good stories - and the book will make the perfect Christmas read!