Recommended by Heywood Hill Reader Emma Tennant – botanical artist, gardener and general reader
'So many gardening books have nothing new to say but this one is a real eye-opener. The names of such French missionary botanists Père David, Père Delavay, Père Soulié are familiar to gardeners thanks to the many wonderful plants that are named after them. But who were these people and what motivated them? Jane Kilpatrick’s fascinating book fills in many a gap. It is a book that many gardeners have been waiting for.'