Latin for Gardeners by Peter Parker
How did the delphinium get its name? Which parts of the body lend their names to auriculas and orchids? Who are the gentian, lobelia and heuchera named after? What does an everlasting pea have to do with Indian miniature paintings? These are some of the questions answered in Peter Parker's adventurous exploration of the mysteries of Botanical Latin.
Beautifully illustrated with old woodcuts, A Little Book of Latin for Gardeners explores how the naming of plants draws upon geography, social and medical history, folklore, mythology, language, literature, the human body, the animal kingdom and all manner of ancient beliefs and superstitions.
Hardback, 322 pages, 22 x 14 cm.