I loved Virgin Earth. It is about John Tradescant the younger. Read about his early life in Earthly Joys, see below. John junior lives in the 1600's and we see the days of Charles the first through his eyes. Also of course the roundheads. We also see him travelling to the New World and spending time with the native Americans. Always, as a gardener he is collecting plants and also rare objects. There is plenty of variety in this book. You get a real glimpse of the times. John Tradescant is an historical figure.
The photo is mine.
You're well known as the king's gardener, the king's man, and your father before you.
Gathering flowers and meeting an Indian maiden
Imagine John Tradescant's delight at finding these lovely flowers to take home to England. Follow him as he falls in love with a native American girl. After the sad loss of his first wife, seen in Earthly Joys, John goes to the New World while his father cares for his two children Frances and Johnnie. He has many adventures in the New World and learns a lot about life.
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The best line ever:
When you are in the service of a king one of the first things you learn is to not take him too seriously, not to love him too dearly.
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