Oral history of British science
Rothschild, Miriam (16 of 16) An Oral History of British Horticulture
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Rothschild, Miriam, 1908-2005 (speaker, female)
Brodie, Louise (speaker, female)
Part 16: The Japanese saga started because of the photographer Katsamo Uno. She used to sell his photos in England. A photographer has a new idea, then is copied. Took 200,000 images to get a good one of swallowtail butterflies courting. The cultivation of wild and garden flowers in Japan is in a different class to ours, each bloom is cared for. Description of area of hot springs an hour from Tokyo, alligators, birds, orchids and roses. Only in the northern island of Japan is there really room for wild flowers. Stories of wisteria festival, almond festival. Miriam Rothschild [MR] lyrical about Mount Fuji wild flowers. Mountain flora are really the best. Can't talk about the south seas - it would take too long. MR feels that she has managed to promote what was being lost in England. Not improve it but to make it more obvious. The return of wild flowers in numbers has meant the butterflies have increased.
Interview with Dame Miriam Rothschild DBE FRS, naturalist and entomologist.