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 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
This book is not only a vessel for an important message, it is also well-written and easy on a reader's eyes. Author Carlos Magdalena has a mission to share with us about the world and ecology, and the meaning of the book is not sacrificed for this quest. Rather, the book aligns well with descriptions of Magdalena's work and the moral direction he has taken with what we does.
This is a rare instance where we have an entertaining book that also happens to reach out and educate. A lovely juxtaposit ...more
If you are a true plant lover and yes, a bit of a science geek, this is your book! I found the depth of responsibility from this particular "plant messiah" quite heavy of course due to his love and passion, and rightfully so, he's a man on a mission. In fighting to save what is necessary from extinction for our planets level of plant survival, the text is much more involved than most will realize. This is not a light read but the information forthcoming is very interesting, inspiring and meaning ...more
Absolutely magnificent. Sincere and well written. Carlos' writing on our human responsibility to the world is one of the loveliest pieces on plant conservation that I've read.
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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
*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.
This book is not only a vessel for an important message, it is also well-written and easy on a reader's eyes.
This is a rare instance where we have an entertaining book that also happens to reach out and educate. A lovely juxtaposition, and a nicely accomplished autobiography.