Books about plant hunters

To celebrate the lives of plant hunters, like John Jeffrey, here I share some of my favourite books on botany, botanical exploration, and the often extraordinary lives of the plant hunter. Think more Indiana Jones than shy retiring pansies, as these men and women travelled the world in search of plants, valuable for their beauty, medicines, timber, smell, and any number of other benefits.Continue Reading

Dodecatheon jeffreyi - Jeffrey's shooting star

This week I was pleased to give a talk at WoodWords 2018, run by Sylva Foundation, about my latest book-in-the-making Green Gold: the Lost Journals of John Jeffrey. I’ve uploaded a recording of the talk which you can listen to here (13m39s). Here are some relevant images to enjoy while youContinue Reading

Gabriel Hemery signing The New Sylva

After selling out two print runs, The New Sylva, is now back in stock.  The waiting list looks like it’s currently 2-4 weeks from Amazon, but Sylva Foundation now has stock in its online shop with the advantage that I sign these copies and profits go to the charity. Sadly,  due to aContinue Reading

Evelyn200

I’m really pleased to be taking part in the Evelyn200 project by giving a talk on 5th June at Deptford, London. Evelyn200 is a project to plant 200 trees in the Evelyn ward in Lewisham, and to celebrate 200 years since the publication of John Evelyn’s diaries. Evelyn wrote aboutContinue Reading

WoodWords2018-books

In this issue of my irregular Green Gold newsletter, an announcement of a unique literary evening in May, a short book extract, more stunning botanical art including a new Subscriber offer of a limited edition print, and a short extract from the book. Here’s a few highlights. WoodWords literary eveningContinue Reading

Jeffrey pine painting in progress by Nicola Macartney

A new Green Gold subscriber reward  has been released: a special, limited edition, botanical print of the Jeffrey Pine. Thanks to a collaboration with botanical artist Nicola Macartney, with links to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, we are able to offer 100 readers the chance to own a print of Nicola’sContinue Reading

The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane

2017 has been a year with rich foraging for those with an interest in tree and nature books. In my shortlist, titles include The Lost Words, The Hidden Life of Trees, Oak and Ash and Thorn, and many more beautiful and inspiring books besides. Please note, this post contains affiliateContinue Reading

Jeffrey pine painting in progress by Nicola Macartney

No.9 of my occasional newsletter is now available, featuring stories linked to the creation of my  historical novel: GREEN GOLD – the lost journals of John Jeffrey. In this issue, a new extract from the book, more stunning botanical art by Nicola Macartney, how to gift a book patronage thisContinue Reading

Following visits to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) and Benmore Botanic Garden, botanical artist Nicola Macartney (collaborating in my GREEN GOLD book project) has started work painting sketches of western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) including foliage, cones and a section of bark. These elements will be included in the final paintingContinue Reading