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BOOKS by Judith M. Taylor

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The Global Migrations of Ornamental Plants: How the World Got Into Your Garden
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Missouri Botanical Garden Press 2009
Foreword by Dr Peter Raven, Director, Missouri Botanical Garden


No matter where you live in North America, it is likely that the plants in your garden are descended from South American, Asian, Australian, or European plants imported here many years ago. The Global Migrations of Ornamental Plants: How the World Got into Your Garden traces the journey of the familiar plants we grow in our gardens from their far-flung roots to our backyards.
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“Dr. Taylor has done an outstanding job in examining the natural roots of our gardens. After reading this richly researched tome, one should never again look at a garden plant, no matter how pedestrian, and not wonder who, when, and where.” 
—Daniel Hinkley, noted plant explorer

“This is a fascinating story, told with a majestic grasp of detail and most stylishly written. Judith Taylor has grasped a subject of immense complexity and presented it in a riveting and readable form, full of insights, allusions, and nuances. Her account of the social, political, and commercial context for plant hunting and the redistribution of economic potential it represents is utterly convincing, and grips the imagination. This is a bravura performance by a distinguished garden historian.”
— Charles Quest-Ritson, prominent English rosarian, author and garden history expert