John Lindley (1799 - 1865) Gardener, Botanist & Pioneer Orchidologist

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William T. Stearn

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Territory: World
Size: 257 mm x 181 mm
Pages: 216
Illustrations: 42 colour, 29 b&w

RRP £19.95

  • This well-illustrated volume marks the bicentenary of Lindley's birth in 1799
  • Provides an interesting general account of Lindley's life, achievements and financial difficulties
  • Provides accounts of the Lindley library, the Lindley archive in British Columbia, the Lindley medal of the Royal Horticultural Society, and list of his numerous publications
  • Colour plates illustrate Lindley's skill as a botanical artist
  • This book should be of permanent value to historically minded gardeners, botanists and orchidologists

John Lindley is honoured nowadays as the foremost British orchidologist of the nineteenth century, indeed by some as 'the father of orchidology'. He is especially remembered for his fundamental achievement in the classification, description and naming of orchids. He established more than 120 genera of Orchidaceae.

However, he was also among the most industrious and productive of the nineteenth century botanists. As administrator, professor, horticulturist, taxonomist, editor, journalist and botanical artist he used his time to the full. His forthright report on the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew saved it from destruction and provided a view of the potentialities which led ultimately to the development of Kew into a world-important institution.

This volume commemorates the bi-centenary of his birth. Professor Stearn sketches Lindley's career as a whole and the distinguished panel of contributors he has brought together then give more detailed treatment to Lindley's roles as orchidologist, as palaeobotanist and as horticulturist.

The book is published in association with The Royal Horticultural Association.

William T. Steam has had a distinguished career. From 1933 to 1952, apart from serving in the Royal Air Force from 1941 to 1946, he was Librarian of the Lindley Library, then from 1952 to 1976 a botanist at the British Museum (Natural History), and from 1976 to 1983 a visiting botanical Professor at the University of Reading. He has received honorary doctorates from the universities of Leiden, Cambridge and Uppsala and is a member of the prestigious Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm.

His numerous publications include Botanical Latin (fourth edition, 1992), Australian Flower Paintings of Ferdinand Bauer (with W. Blunt, 1976), Plant Portraits from the Flora Danica (1983), Flower Artists of Kew (1990). The Orchid Paintings of Francis Bauer (with Joyce Stewart, 1993) and Stearn's Dictionary of Plant Names for Gardeners (1996). Contributors to the present volume include Christopher Brickell, horticulturist, Kathryn Bridge, archivist, William G. Chaloner, palaeobotanist, Phillip Cribb, Kew orchidologist, Brent Elliott, librarian, and William L.Tjaden, horticultural historian.