The Sweet Pea Man

The Life and Times of the Victorian Plant Hybridist Henry Eckford

By Graham Martin

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Scotland Street Press

The Press was set up to publish "ANT". After 8 years research on Chasing Lost Time, the Life of C. K. Scott Moncrieff, Soldier, Spy, Translator,( published by Chatto and Windus and Vintage here in the UK and by Farrar Straus and Giroux in the US), Jean Findlay, the author, was left with masses of material. The creative works of C. K. Scott Moncrieff had never been collected and here they all were waiting to go to press. Being naturally impatient, she decided, like the Little Red Hen, to do it herself. Hence the birth of Scotland Street Press. The Press will go on to publish literary fiction, memoir and travel in book form.

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Taking you on a journey through nineteenth-century British gardens, The Sweet Pea Man is a minutely researched biography of the Victorian plant hybridist Henry Eckford and his life as a breeder of the famous Grandiflora sweet peas.

Born and brought up in Scotland, Henry started as a garden apprentice at Lord Lovat's Beaufort Castle. After working his way through the gardens of Penicuik House and Fingask Castle, he moved to England and bred pelargoniums and dahlias in the garden of the Earl of Radnor, for which he became famous and could then begin his lifework on the cross-breeding of sweet peas which he refined in Wem in Shropshire.

Not only a biography of Henry Eckford, this book is filled with detailed, scientific descriptions of the fascinating world of plants.

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Format Hardback
Imprint Scotland Street Press
Publication Date 1 Dec 2017
ISBN 9781910895184
Number of Pages 470

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