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  • n. English botanist who was one of the first to collect specimens of plants (1570-1638)


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  • The collection, something of a sensation, came to be known as Tradescant's Ark and served as the nucleus of what is today the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford.

    How Their Garden Did Grow

  • On subsequent voyages, he brought home white apricots and “an exceedingly great cherye” now known as Tradescant’s black heart.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • I'm up to eight of her books now -- the historical ones following TOBG, plus the two novels about the Tradescant gardening family loved those and Fallen Skies.

    Book Giveaway: THE WHITE QUEEN by Philippa Gregory

  • Following Tradescant, plant hunting became a craze among young men intoxicated with the idea of exploring new worlds.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • In England, Tradescant discovered a new variety of strawberry, the Plymouth, growing on a rubbish heap in South Devon.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • John Tradescant gained notoriety with his 1621 expedition to procure the Algiers apricot.

    The Fruit Hunters

  • Two of Gregory’s best-loved novels: Earthly Joys and Virgin Earth are based on the true-life story of father and son John Tradescant working in the upheaval of the English civil war.

    Philippa Gregory biography

  • For the purpose, Tradescant designed siege trenches rather than knot gardens.

    How Their Garden Did Grow

  • Both the elder Tradescant (1570-1638) and the younger (1608-62) were plant collectors and, in succession, gardeners to Charles I at his palace of Oatlands, not far from London.

    How Their Garden Did Grow

  • But plants were only part of the Tradescant collecting impulse.

    How Their Garden Did Grow


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  • Brief story of John Tradescant sr. and jr. can be found in comments on connoisseur.

    December 28, 2016