Magazine article The Spectator

Mad about Flowers

Magazine article The Spectator

Mad about Flowers

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Mad about flowers Jane Gardam THE COMPLEAT NATURALIST: THE LIFE OF LINNAEUS by Wilfrid Blunt Frances Lincoln, L25, pp. 264, ISBN 0711218412

This is a revised and updated edition of the 'definitive' life of the 18th-century Swedish classifier of all living plants and organisms, whose system is still used today. There are over 200 illustrations, reproductions of 18th-century botanical drawings, paintings and engravings and contemporary photographs of Sweden - deep meadows, Linnaeus's yellow house, a tiny museum on a knoll in a wood. He is still called `the Flower King' in Sweden and is a national hero. Photographs of the luminous swamps of Lapland explain why his botanical explorations there were the journeys of his life.

Linnaeus's terminology and botanical Latin are now used in every garden centre. At the Royal Horticultural Society shows it is spoken like a lingua franca - or the old Latin Mass. Linnaeus was not only a classifier but a simplifier, and has bound the natural world together. …

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