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
The first thing that got me interested in this book is because it's about plants. I remember my mother who loves plants and gardening. So I was instantly interested when NetGalley offered this book to read.
So this book tells the story of Carlos Magdalena who worked as a botanist at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. We will know that this story is certain about the plant and Magdalena's efforts to prevent extinction.
Sure enough, from the beginning in this book has been told about the journey how ...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
Fascinating read. Carlos Magdalena is a Botanist at the renowned Pew Gardens in London. In this book (that reads like a novel) he travels the world, from Pacific islands to South America and Australia, to save endangered plants from extinction.
I received a copy of this from NetGalley.
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
An excellent book for conservationists the world over! As a person who has worked in conservation and education I can say this is a really important book to read.
We often hear of helping the tigers or saving the polar bears.
But who is going to save the worlds loneliest palm tree?
Who will be there to mourn the last Bory's Coral Tree?
Mountain flowers that rely on geckoes as its sole pollinators and trees claimed by all to be living dead.
This is a collection of stories about the people who wil ...more
*I received a copy in exchange for my review via Net Galley*
Oh my goodness, this book! I blitzed through it over the long holiday weekend here and it was such a well-paced and exciting read. So far it is going down as the best non-fiction I've read this year. I could relate to so many of the topics, relating to the epiphytes of Florida. My husband stumbled across an orchid about 10 years ago that hadn't been seen in about 30 years. There's a very active plant community looking for extirpated pla ...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.
Thank you Doubleday and Netgalley for a complimentary ARC of this book in return for my honest review.
This was an interesting memoir based around the authors quest to save plant species in an effort to do his bit to make the world a more liveable, greener place. This was a refreshing change from memoirs I had previously read and I found it a very enjoyable read.