Plant Words

Plant Words

250 terms for plant lovers

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew


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What is a perennial plant? What grows in herbaceous borders? Why are fungi not plants? And what would you find growing in a Wardian case?

Plant Words is an eclectic collection of 250 botanical terms curated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This treasury of horticultural terminology will introduce you to terraria, tulip mania and taxonomy, making you an expert in everything from arboreta to the wood-wide web.

Describing the meaning, relevance, fascinating background and usage of each term, Plant Words will give you the vocabulary to understand and talk about plants, while sharing fascinating botanical facts and stories and broadening your horticultural knowledge. The perfect gift for connoisseur and beginner botanists alike, Plant Words is beautifully illustrated with over 80 images from Kew's collection.


Royal Botanic Gardens Kew:
Founded in 1840, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, are home to the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world. Kew's archives store millions of specimens, botanical illustrationstrations and books. Kew's mission is to understand and protect plants and fungi, for the wellbeing of people and the future of all life on Earth.