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A Passion for Plants: The Treseders of Truro
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A Passion for Plants: The Treseders of Truro (Hardback)

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The Treseders of Truro were responsible for the commercial introduction of the tree fern, and other Australasian plants. For over 50 years their nurseries had one of the largest collections of ornamental plants in the UK. Suzanne Treseder tells the story of her family's passion for plants. In 1857 three brothers left Cornwall for Australia in search of gold. One of them, John Garland Treseder, took with him vegetable seeds, and started a market garden. Soon there were nurseries, and a shop in Sydney, and John Treseder designed parks and gardens in New South Wales and Victoria. Returning to Cornwall, he imported some of the first in a long line of commercial introductions of Australasian plants, including the tree fern, Dicksonia antarctica, cordyline, phormium, eucalyptus, mimosa and pittosporum. Soon Treseders' Nurseries were exporting these plants world-wide, to customers keen to acquire new, unusual plants. For over 50 years Treseders' Nurseries carried one of the largest collections of ornamental plants in the UK. In Cornwall, and beyond, they landscaped railway stations, hotel and private gardens, feeding the overwhelming appetite for acclimatized exotics.

In the mid-twentieth century, Neil Garland Treseder was the first person to appreciate the commercial importance of camellias, and in the 1960s Treseders' catalogue featured 250 different varieties. Neil Treseder wrote extensively and authoritatively on camellias and magnolias. He named over 60 plants - many of which received the RHS Award of Garden Merit - and reflected that 'I wouldn't change my vocation. It's the most exciting and spiritually rewarding occupation in the world.' Suzanne Treseder is the daughter of Neil Garland Treseder. Here she tells the story of her family's passion for plants.

BiographyBiography: generalHome & GardenGardening Publisher: Alison Hodge Publication Date: 20/10/2004 ISBN-13: 9780906720387  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Suzanne Treseder is the daughter of Neil Garland Treseder, who was an authority on camellias and magnolias.

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