Seven Flowers

Jennifer Potter

RRP: £12.99

1 May 2014

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9780857891655

RRP: £25.00

3 October 2013

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9780857891648

RRP: £9.99

3 October 2013

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782390374

The lotus, lily, sunflower, opium poppy, rose, tulip and orchid: seven flowers, each with its own story full of surprises and secrets, each affecting the world around us in subtle yet powerful ways. But what is the nature of their power and how did it develop? Why have these particular plants become the focus of gardens, literature and art?

In order to find the answers, author and horticultural historian Jennifer Potter tracks this septet of flowers across the globe as she examines the influence they have had on civilizations through the ages. These are both histories and detective stories, full of incident and unexpected revelations.

Here are the flowers of life and death; of purity and passion; of greed, envy and virtue; of hope and consolation; of the beauty that drives men wild. All seven demonstrate the enduring ability of flowers to speak metaphorically – if we could only decode what they have to say.

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This literary delight will surely become compulsory reading for flower enthusiasts everywhere... Accompanied by magnificent colour plates and botanical etchings, this book is a voyage of discovery. A thoroughly rewarding read.
The Lady

Jennifer Potter is a wonderful writer on the history and culture of plants, plantsmen, and gardens... Any gardener, of the practical or armchair variety, will love this beautifully written survey.
Good Book Guide

Endlessly beguiling... Potter's range of reference is huge, from Dante to Ginsberg, from the flower-and-bird paintings of the Song dynasty to Manet and from early Christianity to Hindu creation myths... Every page yields up some delicious nuggets
Gardens Illustrated

Fascinating and highly readable
The Garden

Anyone who has ever planted a seed or loved a flower can appreciate the author's knowledge and devotion
Kirkus Reviews