The Botany of Desire - Chapter 2 Summary & Analysis

Michael Pollan
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Chapter 2 Summary and Analysis

Chapter 2, presents a scattered monograph regarding the tulip, or flower of a variety of about 100 species in genus Tulipa. At 52 pages, it is the shortest chapter in the text. Chapter 2 is also the chapter most tightly-focused around a dominant object—the tulip. Topics considered include the European introduction of the tulip, the 1636 - 1637, tulipomania craze of Holland, tulip color and anatomy and tulip culture trends in modern America. The history presented does not consider any single person as being dominant in the history of the tulip, and the material is presented in a fairly chronological fashion. Thus, the chapter reads as a general history of the tulip in Western floral gardening, and the tone is somewhat dry, though the material is interesting. The material presented is drawn from published sources and personal observation but lacks the intimate personal feel and...

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