A Passion for Plants by Carolyn Fry foreword by Alan Titchmarsh

A Passion for PlantsNo nation feels quite as passionately about its gardens as the British and no institution embodies this passion more than The Royal Horticultural Society. Famous for the beauty of gardens like Wisley, Rosemoor and Harlow Carr and the splendour of shows like Chelsea and Hampton Court, it is a quintessentially British institution.

Yet the RHS is about so much more than this and now, in a fascinating book to accompany a major BBC2 series, garden-lovers everywhere are given unique access to this august institution. In A Passion for Plants we will meet and follow the people for whom gardening is everything whether RHS experts, amateur enthusiasts, the new in-take of horticultural trainees or competitors at the shows.

In a journey that takes us through the gardening year, Carolyn Fry introduces the reader to an exotic and colourful world full of passionate people and wonderful plants. It is a world that is steeped in horticultural history and tradition and yet in the 21st century is entering a new and exciting period of change and development.

Lavishly illustrated with beautiful photographs, this book paints a vivid portrait of the RHS - the home of gardening excellence and obsession

About the author:

Carolyn Fry is a writer and journalist specializing in science, conservation, natural history and adventure travel. A former editor of Geographical, the magazine of the Royal Geographical Society, she is a contributor to Kew Magazine, BBC Wildlife, BBC History, BBC Online, The Times, Sunday Telegraph, Independent on Sunday, Guardian Online and New Scientist. Under Carolyn’s editorship, Geographical won the British Environment and Media Award for Best Environmental Coverage in a Consumer Magazine. Carolyn also wrote a series of essays to accompany Colin Prior’s photographs in the book Living Tribes. She is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Published by BBC Books, 4 October 2007, £19.99 hbk