Botany and botanists (also see 'Biology')
- Bonsai in Britain
- Early Plant Collectors in Japan
- Isaac Bunting (1850-1936): From Essex to Japan and Japanese Lily Bulbs
- John Corner, 1906-96: Controversial Biologist and Friend of the Shōwa Emperor
- Kathleen Mary Drew Baker, British Botanist whose Studies Helped to Save the Japanese Nori Industry
- Shadowy Figures: Early Japanese Garden Designers in Britain and Ireland
- Thomas Wright Blakiston (1832-91)
Author: Ellis, Colin
Bonsai is the English approximation of two characters read in Japanese as ‘bon’ (tray) and ‘sai’ (plant). This chapter traces the history of the famous art of Bonsai and illustrates its developments in Europe and the UK.
Author: Herries, Amanda
This portrait considers the significance of two nineteenth-century plant collectors in Japan, Robert Fortune and John Gould Veitch.
Author: James, Prue
This essay details Isaac Bunting's (1850-1936) trade in lily bulbs in Japan, the growth and decline of the business, and the work and character of Bunting himself.
Author: Blacker, Carmen
John Corner is offten described as a colourful and controversial biologist, and this portrait considers his career and contributions to botany.
Author: Baker, John R., and Biggs, Frances K.
The essay details the career of Botanist Kathleen Mary Drew Baker (1901-57), and how her studies helped to save the Japanese Nori industry.
Author: Raggett, Jill
This portait outlines the major figures of Japanese garden design in Britain, their separate contributions to the medium, and their impact upon the understanding of other aspects of Japanese culture in Britain. Includes thoughts from Eida Saburo, Suzuki Jiju, Honda Taki, and Kusumoto Seyemon.
Author: Cortazzi, Hugh
Thomas Wright Blakiston (1832-91), explorer, engineer and ornithologist, is best known for his discovery of 'Blackiston's Line' a zoogeographical boundary along the Tsugaru Strait.