John Lyon, Nurseryman and Plant Hunter, and His Journal 1799-1814

By: Ewan, Joseph & Nesta

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Two illustrations and a map, large slim quarto, pp 69, paperback, a very good copy. [Trans.Am.Phil.Soc. Vol 53 part 2]. { Lyon appears to have trained as a nurseryman and gardener, probably on a large country estate near Dundee. He was certainly living in Pennsylvania by 1796 when he joined William Hamilton at Woodlands near Philadelphia as Director of planting. From 1799 he began plant-collecting in the Allegheny Mountains. He did much collection in the state over the next nine years, and left the estate in 1805. In 1806 he took a collection of plants from America to London. Returning to America the following year he began to collect more widely, concentrating on the Appalachian Mountains but ranging from Georgia to Florida. He was especially fond of western North Carolina and collected on the Roan Highlands, Grandfather Mountain and Pilot Mountain.He is credited with bringing 31 new species into cultivation. The most popular flowering shrub which he introduced to Britain was Pieris floribunda, discovered in September 1807 and taken to Britain around 1809/10. The Lyonia genus (similar to Pieris) is named after him.]

Title: John Lyon, Nurseryman and Plant Hunter, and His Journal 1799-1814

Author Name: Ewan, Joseph & Nesta

Categories: Biography, Garden History, Planthunting,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Philadelphia, The American Philosophical Society: 1963

Book Condition: Very Good

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