The plant Messiah : adventures in search of the world's rarest species / Carlos Magdalena.
By: Magdalena, Carlos.Publisher: London : Viking, 2017Description: 217 p., 16 p. of plates : col. ill., ports. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780241292327 : (hbk.) .Subject(s): Rare plants | Endangered plants | Plant conservationDDC classification: 333.953216
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Includes bibliographical references.
Genesis -- Kew calling -- Resurrection in Rodrigues Island -- The messiah in Mauritius -- Talking tortoises -- River deep, mountain high -- The recycling plant -- Water babies -- Victoria's secrets -- Warm waterlilies -- Hot property -- Bolivian botany -- Peruvian plants -- Flora of Australia.
From the world's tiniest waterlily to the 'Coral Tree', Carlos Magdalena has an uncanny ability to bring rare, breathtakingly beautiful plants back from the brink of extinction. As botanical horticulturist at London's famous Kew Gardens - the most biodiverse place on the planet - he has over 7,000 species under his care in his 'Noah's Ark' plant nursery. He is highly regarded around the world for his pioneering work with waterlilies, battling to save rare specimens against man-made ecological destruction and even thieves hunting for wealthy collectors. Carlos travels to remote and dangerous locations - from the jungles of Mauritius to the most remote areas of the Australian outback - and develops groundbreaking, leftfield techniques to encourage weird and wonderful plants to propagate and prosper. In The Plant Messiah, Carlos shares his thrilling adventures, telling the stories of these incredible plants and his lifetime spent racing to save them.
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.
Review: This full-throttle memoir is a window on the exploits that underpin the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew . . . reveals the rare mix of zeal and patience needed to hunt vanishing plants * Nature * Impressive, gripping and important . . . Some 30,000 plants have recorded uses for humans. Most people, the messiah preaches, are blind to these everyday miracles. This book will teach them to see * Economist * An engaging piece of work -- Charles Elliott * Literary Review * Eye-popping... The Plant Messiah reads like a detective novel. [This] is a thrillingly uplifting book. There is a beguiling energy to his prose that clearly he has in person * Daily Mail * Botany, on its face, doesn't sound particularly thrilling. This book will change your mind -- Bill McKibben, New York Times bestselling author of 'Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet' and 'Radio Free Vermont' An entertaining, planterly romp around the world and a glimpse inside one of the world's great botanical institutions from this Kew botanist -- Jane Owen * Financial Times * Carlos Magdalena is Kew's codebreaker * Telegraph * Carlos is an inspiration to me. He's the perfect spokesperson for the plants of the world -- Jane Goodall, primatologist and UN Messenger of Peace Carlos has been able to achieve things with plants that no one else can do -- Richard Barley, director of horticulture, Kew He has the uncanny ability to bring plants back from the brink of extinction * People of London *