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The Brother Gardeners by Andrea Wulf
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Oct 13, 09

Recommended for: Dad
Read in October, 2009, read count: 1

This was a fascinating and accessible book. I learned so much from it, I don't know where to begin. Except maybe to say that Fuchsia is NOT pronounced Fyou-sha, oh no. It should be pronounced FOOKS-ia after our dear Mr. Fuchs. I can hardly wait to try that out on the garden store clerk come spring.

This sweeping history of gardening and botany in the 18th century is compulsively readable and full of interesting trivia and tidbits about famous gardeners and botanists. Some of whom I'd actually heard of.

Highly recommended for gardeners.

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Petra X That made me laugh out loud.
It reminded me of the wedding announcement when a friend of mine, Andrea Fuchs (pron. Fooks) got married to a friend of my brother's, James Screw. Fuchs-Screw. True.

Katie I thought the same thing when I read about the Fuchsia! This book made me wan to learn all the Latin names for plants- a desire I never had before!

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