Preface by Prof David Bellamy: 'This gardening book is the most unusual I have ever read. Really a biography of Michael Scott who was born in New Zealand. It contains many good tips (and trips) to increase one's knowledge of gardening. An easy read, very slick and full of interest to those with a garden or who decide that this is a great way to pay one's way around the earth. Reminding us that Earth is more valuable than gold.
'I blame it on Abies magnifica,' says the author of his decision to leave New Zealand and travel the world in search of the trees, plants and places he knew previously only from botanical textbooks. Taking gardening jobs as he goes, Michael Scott moves from country to country and describes the flora, landscapes - and people - he meets with a keen and incisive wit.
Packed with enlivening botanical and historical facts this book will interest anyone who loves plants, gardens and travel - and good writing.
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