The World Grows Round My Door - the story of the Kampong, a home on the edge of the tropics

By: Fairchild, David

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Well illustrated, octavo, pp xiv, 347, upper corner lightly bumped throughout, green cloth rather dull, corners bumped, joints rubbed, rear cover marked. [David Grandison Fairchild (1869 - 1954) was an American botanist and plant explorer. Fairchild was responsible for the introduction of more than 200,000 exotic plants and varieties of established crops into the United States, including soybeans, pistachios, mangos, nectarines, dates, bamboos, and flowering cherries. Certain varieties of wheat, cotton, and rice became especially economically important. In 1926, the Fairchilds built a home on an 8-acre plot on Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove, Florida. They named it "The Kampong", after similar family compounds in Java, Indonesia, where Fairchild had spent so many happy days collecting plants. He covered this property with an extraordinary collection of rare tropical trees and plants, many of which are described here. In 1984, The Kampong became part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. In 1938, he was honored by having the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables named after him.]

Title: The World Grows Round My Door - the story of the Kampong, a home on the edge of the tropics

Author Name: Fairchild, David

Categories: Planthunting, Ethnology, Travel,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York & London, Charle Scribner's Sons: 1947

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Good

Seller ID: 014109