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This volume tells of Kew's Palm House and its tropical plant collections. The story of this "rainforest in suburban London" explains the history of the greatest glasshouse (the most important glass and iron structure in the world), provides a glimpse into the world of the Victorian gardeners who worked there, and describes its restoration. The author also gives detailed descriptions of the beautiful and fascinating plants grown in the Palm House - from the cycads, the "living fossils" of the plant world, to the economic plants such as bananas, cocoa and rubber and numerous ornamental species. Among them are many endangered rainforest plants, and the importance of the rainforest and the need to conserve it are two of the book's major themes.
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Sue M. Minter (born January 23, 1961) is an American politician from the state of Vermont. She served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011, led Vermont's recovery efforts after Tropical Storm Irene, and became Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation in 2015. Minter was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Vermont in 2016 but lost to Republican Phil Scott.
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