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Crocodile In The Fernery

Author : Twigs Way
ISBN : 0750948728
Genre : Nature
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Perhaps one of the less known facts about the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti is that he kept wombats in his garden to whom he addressed poetry. This is just one of the stories in this entertaining book that brings together two of mankind’s great loves: animals and the garden. This study unveils the armadillos owned by merchants in London in the 18th century that were fed on earthworms, as well as Queen Charlotte's zebra, which was accommodated close to her house at Buckingham Gate and renowned for its filthy temper, perhaps caused by nicotine addiction: it was fed on bread, meat, and tobacco. Here are quirky tales of animals in the garden through the centuries. With a wealth of little-known stories of animals, some benign, others less so, this is the perfect gift for avid gardeners and animal lovers alike.
Category: Nature


Author : John Simons
ISBN : 9781861899446
Genre : Nature
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From Kanga and her son Roo in Winnie the Pooh to the boxing champ Hippety Hopper who punches Sylvester in Looney Tunes, kangaroos appear frequently in children’s books, cartoons, and songs. They are a favorite animal at zoos, charming yet peculiar-looking with their powerful hind legs, long tails, and pouches. Though kangaroos are beloved in the imagination, but reality of their relationship with humans is darker and more troubled. In this book, John Simon tackles the story of these marsupials—and their use and abuse—in global history. In addition to describing the kangaroo’s physiology and lifecycle, Simons describes their role in indigenous Australian culture, their ill-fated first contact with Europeans, and their subsequent capture for zoos and relocation to establish wild populations in Japan and the United States. Simons also explores the connections between visual and cultural representations and the current controversy in Australia surrounding kangaroo hunting and eating. Demonstrating how the true diversity of the kangaroo population has frequently been reduced to a single stereotype, this book reveals how such misrepresentations now threaten the future of the species. A book for anyone concerned with animal welfare and conservation, Kangaroo is a pouch-sized and fascinating look at these unusual creatures.
Category: Nature


Author : Twigs Way
ISBN : WISC:89099019200
Genre : Gardening
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"Allotments are small areas of land rented to individuals to grow their own food. Nowadays often thought of as havens for peace and quiet, the humble allotment has a surprisingly turbulent history. Born out of a philanthropic movement tied to social and moral control of the poor, allotments soon became fashionable among the urban middle classes. During the World Wars, they formed the backbone of the 'Dig for Victory' campaign, producing essential supplies for the home front. The post-war years saw a decline in the popularity of the allotment, as fast food took over from home-grown produce, but environmental concerns and the organic movement mean that allotments are now in vogue once more. The author draws on a wide range of original historic documents to chart the rise and fall of the allotment."--BOOK JACKET.
Category: Gardening

Nature Contained

Author : Tony O'Dempsey
ISBN : 9789971697907
Genre : History
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How has Singapore's environment and location in a zone of extraordinary biodiversity influenced the economic, political, social, and intellectual history of the island since the early 19th century? What are the antecedents to Singapore's image of itself as a City in a Garden? Grounding the story of Singapore within an understanding of its environment opens the way to an account of the past that is more than a story of trade, immigration, and nation-building. Each of the chapters in this volume focusing on topics ranging from tigers and plantations to trade in exotic animals and the greening of the city, and written by botanists, historians, anthropologists, and naturalists examines how humans have interacted with and understood the natural environment on a small island in Southeast Asia over the past 200 years, and conversely how this environment has influenced humans. Between the chapters are travelers' accounts and primary documents that provide eyewitness descriptions of the events examined in the text. In this regard, Nature Contained: Environmental Histories of Singapore provides new insights into the Singaporean past, and reflects much of the diversity, and dynamism, of environmental history globally.
Category: History

The Spectator

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ISBN : UOM:39015038676113
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Author : Thad S. Up De Graff
Genre : Camping
File Size : 87.27 MB
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Category: Camping

Young England

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ISBN : OXFORD:555031499
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The Oracle

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ISBN : UIUC:30112113989419
Genre : Research
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Category: Research

Garden Gnomes

Author : Twigs Way
ISBN : 0747807108
Genre : Gardening
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This is the intriguing story of garden gnomes and how they have come to reside in the flowerbeds of gardens across Britain. Originating in Europe, gnomes made the leap across the channel in the nineteenth century, where they were welcomed warmly by wealthy Brits who saw them as the must-have garden accessory. But the fortunes of the humble gnome were not to last, and they soon found themselves sneered at by serious gardeners. Turned away from fashionable gardens, the little gnomes found a friend in many a working class gardener, who adopted them in increasing numbers, and in a variety of humorous poses. Today, gnomes are as popular with the masses as ever, and this entertaining illustrated history will appeal to those who love, and hate, these small bearded characters.
Category: Gardening

Scientific American

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ISBN : UOM:39015024538392
Genre : Science
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Monthly magazine devoted to topics of general scientific interest.
Category: Science

The Zoologist

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ISBN : BSB:BSB11047174
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Gardening Illustrated

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ISBN : CORNELL:31924094255134
Genre : Gardening
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Explore Australia

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ISBN : PSU:000031422536
Genre : Australia
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The tenth edition of this established guide to road travel combines detailed and clear maps with information on holiday regions, accommodation, and places and events of interest. Assists travellers in planning, undertaking and enjoying their holidays. First published in 1980.
Category: Australia

The Vivarium Being A Practical Guide To The Construction Arrangement And Management Of Vivaria Containing Full Information As To All Reptiles Suitable As Pets How And Where To Obtain Them And How To Keep Them In Health

Author : Gregory C. Bateman
ISBN : 9781473340718
Genre : Pets
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This is a comprehensive, practical guide to the construction, arrangement, and management of reptile enclosures, with detailed information on which reptiles are suitable as pets, how and where to squire them, their general management, and much more. Profusely illustrated and fill of useful information, "The Vivarium" will be of considerable utility to existing and prospective reptile owners, and would make for a fantastic addition to collections of allied literature. Contents include: "How to Make Vivaria", "Plants Suitable for Vivaria", "Tortoises", "Crocodiles", "Lizards", "Snakes", "Frogs", "Newts", "Fish-like Salamanders, Olms, &c", et cetera. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly rare and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction. First published in 1897.
Category: Pets