\n "Compact format of the critically acclaimed and best-selling original edition." \n Critically acclaimed and enthusiastically reviewed, Flora is now available in a compact format. With stunning illustrations from the Royal Horticultural Society's Lindley Library collection and concise text, RHS archivist Dr. Elliott tells the fascinating story of the worldwide botanical exploration undertaken over the past 500 years. Founded in 1804, the RHS sent collectors around the world in search of new floral species, fostering the domestic cultivation of the garden flowers we know and love today. The Society's Lindley Library is one of the world's finest horticulture archives, containing more than 250,000 paintings, illustrations and rare books. \n The illustrations, by many by the great names in botanical art, are notable for their historical value in charting the development of garden flowers as well as their indisputable beauty and artistic merit. Flora includes biographical profiles of these botanists and artists. \n This spectacular collection of RHS illustrations in a concise format will capture the attention of gardeners and art lovers alike.