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Rothschild, Miriam (14 of 16) An Oral History of British Horticulture

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    Rothschild, Miriam, 1908-2005 (speaker, female)

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    Brodie, Louise (speaker, female)

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    Part 14: Miriam Rothschild [MR] lived in Switzerland and the mountain flora is so fantastic. Discussion of gentians. All MRs Swiss gardening was transplanting. In Israel MR introduced wild flower gardening. It was a desert when the Israelis went back there. It has been a tradition for her family to be gardeners. Edmund Rothschild and Mrs James Rothschild also helped to develop wild flowers in Israel. Story of the wild lupin and its bacteria. Episode with Mrs Lyndon Johnson and story of her buying up wild flower fields. She taught MR a good way of growing wild flowers on verges. MR has planted 72,000 miles of verges here. Details. German farmers unite on the need for wild flowers. The Swiss used to encourage the picking of wild flowers and cause a lot of pollution. This has now stopped. In Israel they are still destroying a lot of wild flowers for developments and parks. Explanation of the situation in France, Belgium and Holland and introduction of United Kingdom seed there.

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    Interview with Dame Miriam Rothschild DBE FRS, naturalist and entomologist.

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