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Geranium
Author: Kasia Boddy

ISBN: 9781780230481
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1 February 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8 x 2.0
Description:
Reaktion's new 'Botanical' series is the first of its kind, integrating horticultural and botanical writing with a broader account of the cultural and social impact of plants. In that sense, the South African geranium (the enduring, if confusing, common name for the genus Pelargonium) is perhaps the perfect plant to inaugurate the series. The story of the geranium's inexorable rise encompasses many other historical narratives: from plant hunting to commercial cultivation; from the role of plants in alternative medicine and the philanthropic imagination to changing styles in horticultural fashion.

In Geranium, Kasia Boddy details how the cheerful and amenable geranium remains a plant that many love and others love to hate, but above all it is a flower that is seldom ignored. Featuring numerous fine illustrations, Geranium explores the ever-changing image of the plant as portrayed in painting, literature, film and popular culture worldwide.

About the Author

Kasia Boddy is lecturer in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge and has published widely on British and American litera...

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