Ramblings of a Rare Plant Hunter is an eclectic compilation of writing and poetry by Marcus Harvey, founder of Tasmanian nursery Hill View Rare Plants. A plantsman at heart, Marcus was perpetually curious, interested in everything and everyone around him.
The plant hunting journeys that inspired Ramblings were at times arduous, yet always exciting, entertaining and endlessly fascinating. They took him up the macho mountains of the Cretan shepherds, through the warm and welcoming Aegean islands, along the turquoise Turkish Riviera, down the bare-bones Mani peninsula in the Peloponnese and deep into the gloriously vegetated mountain landscapes of Northern Greece.
Marcus was a raconteur. His expeditions in Greece and Turkey provided a wellspring of botanical and historical riches for him to explore. This collection covers a wide sweep of subjects: the trials and joys of navigating the less travelled roads in search of particular plants, pondering historical byways, reflective musings on Greek and Turkish life, horticultural essays on the delights of his favourite bulb genera, and a tribute to his friendship with renowned Tasmanian plantswoman, Essie Huxley. All are described with infectious enthusiasm and humour.