Carlos Magdalena of Kew Gardens is not your average botanical horticulturist. He's a man on a mission to save the world's most endangered plants from destruction and thieves hunting for wealthy collectors. He is a plant messiah.From the planet's tiniest waterlily - the Nymphaea thermarum - to Huarango trees with roots over 50 metres long, Carlos has a miraculous ability to bring breathtakingly beautiful plants back from the brink of extinction. He has travelled to the most remote and dangerous parts of the world - from the mountains of Peru to isolated Indian Ocean islands to the deepest Australian outback - in search of the rarest exotic species. Then, back in the Tropical Nursery at Kew, he uses pioneering, left-field techniques to help them grow.Now he's here to spread the gospel. The Plant Messiah is the inspirational story of a man who has devoted - and risked - his life to save incredible species, all in the name of making this Earth a greener and happier place. Amen to that....
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The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World’s Rarest Species Reviews
I read this book very slowly, one chapter at the time, in the time it took me to read this book I have also read several fiction books but those books have 3 or 4 stars and this has 5. I very rarely give 5 stars.
Carlos Magdalena works at Kew Gardens (the way he got the job shows that if immigrations laws were to change, Britain would lose out great talents like him). He is an expert conservationist and an expert in tropical plants and waterlilies.
Most of the book is about his attempts at savin ...more
Je ziet meteen aan de cover waar het boek over kan gaan. Wees niet bang, het is geen saai, droog geschreven en langdradig boek. De auteur verteld juist met heel veel passie en vuur over de planten, waarom we zuiniger met de planten en dieren om moeten gaan, waarom veel bijna uitgestorven planten weer terug zouden moeten komen in de natuur, waarom bepaalde dieren nodig zijn in de natuur. Hij laat je nadenken door voorbeelden en verhalen, waardoor je het beter begrijpt en bij jezelf begint te denk ...more
*I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway*
Who knew horticulture could be so riveting? The author's enthusiasm, while at times bombastic, is infectious. He writes in a manner that is scientific, but still accessible. The book is part adventure-memoir and part botany-guidebook, all the while explaining why even the smallest plant is a necessary part of its ecosystem.
Studying the Silent Extinction of Rare Plants
In ecology, extinction refers to termination of an organism or of a group of organisms. The moment of extinction is generally considered to be the death of the last individual of the species, and the ability to breed and recover may have been lost before this point. This term is generally used with animal extinction, but there are very few ecologists who study plant extinction. In this book, environmental biologist Carlos Magdalena describes his studi ...more
I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.
A journey with Carlos Magdalena across the world as he attempts to save endangered plants from extinction. You'll be taken from South America to Africa to Australia to small, remote islands in the Pacific. Some tales are amazing, some funny, some heartbreaking.
Magdalena is obviously quite passionate about plants (water lilies in particular) and it comes through in his writing. He's also quite passionate about the envir ...more
More like 4.5 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed this adventurous jaunt through Magdalena's wild, somewhat obsessive, species-saving world. I'm a hobby gardener, so his enthusiasm hits home. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is into botanizing (you know who you are) or anyone who cares about plants and the natural world. Keep Google handy as he's a name dropper (Nymphaea thermarum, anyone?). ;)
Thanks to NetGalley and Doubleday Books for the ARC. All views are my own.
Heer der Planten
Aantal pagina’s: 256
Genre: Biologie algemeen
Een fleurig vorm gegeven cover, die je uitnodigt om beet te pakken en meteen al wat van de plantenwereld laat zien. Heldere frisse kleuren met in wit de opdruk van de titel en auteur.
Het boek begint met een verklarende woordenlijst.
Het eerste wat opvalt is de gedrevenheid van Carlos Magdalena in de proloog en inleiding.
Hij ziet zich zelf een beetje als de messias voor planten ...more
Carlos Magdalena is passionate about the protection of plant species – 1 in 5 plants is currently in danger of extinction. He grew up the son of a florist in northern Spain, where Franco had logged ancient forests and eliminated most “non-profitable” wildlife, and his childhood interest in natural history grew into a fervor for conservation. After moving to England at age 28, he underwent rigorous training at England’s Kew Gardens to earn a horticultural diploma while working as a plant propagat ...more