Traveler in a Vanished Landscape Two Part Series on Botanist David Douglas - Links to Recordings
Feb 10, 2023
Traveler in a Vanished Landscape Two Part Series on Botanist David Douglas
During the period that has been called The Golden Age of Plant Hunters (roughly 1770-1860) the Royal Horticultural Society of London sent plant collectors all over the world in search of exotic species for farms and gardens in the UK. David Douglas was the most successful of these plantsmen. In three trips to North America, Douglas introduced more new plants to Great Britain than any other collector. Throughout his travels Douglas kept a daily journal which gives us a vivid account, not only of the hardships he faced, but also of the now vanished landscapes he encountered.
Douglas’s journal reads like a great adventure story and is the basis of this talk by Ron Long. Links to recorded talks below.
Traveler in a Vanished Landscape Part One on David Douglas 1823 - 1826
Traveler in a Vanished Landscape Part Two on David Douglas 1827 - 1834