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Roy Lancaster: My Life with Plants
Roy Lancaster: My Life with Plants

Roy Lancaster: My Life with Plants


312 Pages, 6.75 x 9

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $36.95 (US $36.95) (CA $49.95)

Publication Date: September 2017

ISBN 9780993389252

Rights: US & CA

Filbert Press (Sep 2017)

Price: $36.95


The autobiography of a hugely influential international plantsman and master gardener

Celebrated plantsman Roy Lancaster's birth on December 5, 1937 was the start of something big for plants and horticulture. His chance find of a Mexican tobacco plant in a local allotment brought him fame as a schoolboy and sowed the seeds of his future career. This book is the story of his adventures as he sees tropical plants for the first time in the jungles of Malaya, meets Roberto Burle Marx at his garden near Rio de Janeiro, and hunts for pitcher plants in North America. Well-known for his encyclopedic botanical knowledge and for introducing many popular garden plants, Roy is also a consummate storyteller and wise philosopher. His acute sense of life's comic moments, spirited sense of adventure, and respect for the natural world make this a remarkable read.


"It is a visual delight as well as a riveting adventure story." —Publishers Weekly on A Plantsman in Nepal 

"Full of excitement, humour, a good smattering of sheer magic and of course plants, it is an absolute must." —Daily Express on A Plantsman in Nepal

"It is a treasury of plants, people and places and all keen plantsmen will want to add it to their collection." —Kew Magazine on Travels in China: A Plantsman's Paradise

Author Biography

Roy Lancaster is a world-renowned plantsman and a Vice President of the Royal Horticultural Society. He was a popular presenter on Gardener's World and panelist for Radio 4's Gardener's Question Time. He supports plant conservation programs, speaks out for specialist nurseries, and inspires young horticulturists. He is the author of Perfect Plant, Perfect Place.