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Holland Flowering: How the Dutch Flower Industry Conquered the World Paperback – 1 May 2014

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'William Blake saw the universe in a grain of sand; Andrew Gebhardt finds it in a tulip's bloom. Fluidly
written, deeply researched, and full of surprising turns, this book is about so much more than flowers. Highly
recommended.'-- Dr. Christopher Ryan, co-author of New York Times best seller Sex at Dawn[-][-] [-][-]'Andrew Gebhardt
approaches that mysterious, compelling beauty, the tulip - over which fortunes have been built and ruined, and every art
of the gardener, poet and most especially the painter lavished - through a varied and revealing set of lenses:
economics, cultural studies, horticultural practice, and the history of everything from global trading to aesthetics and
auctions, and how flowers became so deeply tied to our most significant occasions. An eye-opening, expansive book.'--
Mark Doty, author of Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, and winner of the National Book Award, the T.S. Eliot Prize, and
the Los Angeles Times Book Prize[-][-] [-][-]'Blossoming forth in all sorts of unexpected directions, Holland
Flowering's petals open out to reflect and encompass an entire world, one well beyond mere flowers: our world.'--
Lawrence Weschler, winner of National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, and director emeritus, New York Institute
for the Humanities at NYU[-][-] [-][-]'If you've ever bought Dutch tulip bulbs and wondered how these beautiful flowers
were developed and sold worldwide, Holland Flowering will give you all the insight you could want into the Dutch flower
industry, from the earliest times to the present.' -- Roger Marshall for Home Greenhouse Spring 2015 Vol 37 (2)[-][-]
[-][-]'[...] in Holland Flowering, Andrew Gebhardt offers a dazzling tour of Dutch flower culture, from the earliest
days of horticulture to attempts to grow bulbs on the moon.' -- Readara

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Growing tulip bulbs on the moon, and a tulip shaped island in the North Sea. Frederick Ruysch's wunderkammer
and contemporary bloemencorsos. A Dutch-Chinese billionaire, aka the Orchid King, recreates a 'Dutch' town in northeast
China complete with a replica of Amsterdam's central station and the International Court of Justice. A retired grower
recalls a life in flowers, from the Second World War to the European Union. Dutch development policies in Ethiopia today
and its former civilizing mission in Java. Auctions, cooperatives, networking, commodity culture, Dutch masculinity, and
globalization. These are some of the imaginaries, themes, curious details, and perspectives you will encounter in this
book. All of them pivot around Dutch flower culture today and in the Dutch Golden Age, and directly or indirectly link
to Aalsmeer's flower auction, the world's largest, located not far from Amsterdam.

'William Blake saw the universe in a grain of sand; Andrew Gebhardt finds it in a tulip's bloom. Fluidly written, deeply
researched, and full of surprising turns, this book is about so much more than flowers. Highly recommended.' - Dr.
Christopher Ryan, co-author of New York Times best seller Sex at Dawn

'Andrew Gebhardt approaches that mysterious, compelling beauty, the tulip - over which fortunes have been built and
ruined, and every art of the gardener, poet and most especially the painter lavished - through a varied and revealing
set of lenses: economics, cultural studies, horticultural practice, and the history of everything from global trading to
aesthetics and auctions, and how flowers became so deeply tied to our most significant occasions. An eye-opening,
expansive book.' - Mark Doty, author of Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, and winner of the National Book Award, the
T.S. Eliot Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

'Blossoming forth in all sorts of unexpected directions, Holland Flowering's petals open out to reflect and encompass an
entire world, one well beyond mere flowers: our world.' - Lawrence Weschler, winner of National Book Critics Circle
Award for Criticism, and director emeritus, New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU

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