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The Plant Messiah by Carlos Magdalena

The Plant Messiah

The Plant Messiah by Carlos Magdalena
Apr 10, 2018 | 272 Pages
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“For anyone who might have considered plants dull stuff, Mr. Magdalena delivers a thrilling and inspirational account of adventures in the botanical world.”
—Wall Street Journal

“[I]t is fascinating to follow Magdalena as he travels from remote Australian billabongs full of rare water lilies to the dry forests of western Peru, where the last gnarled huarango trees grow in the shadow of the Andes. But the greater accomplishment of The Plant Messiah is the compelling case that Magdalena makes from caring about plants in general.”
Los Angeles Times

“In a world whose ecology is changing so fast, only a special kind of obsessive would concern himself with saving endangered plant species. That’s Magdalena… who recounts adventures that have taken him from the Amazon to the jungles of Mauritius on a quest to preserve as much flora as he can.”
New York Times Book Review

“An entertaining, planterly romp around the world and a glimpse inside one of the world’s great botanical institutions.”
Financial Times
“Magdalena’s claim to be a green-fingered Jesus has its merits. His record of propagating plants that others have consigned to botanical history is impressive. . . .  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.”
The Economist
“This full-throttle memoir is a window on the exploits that underpin the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew . . . [His quests] reveal the rare mix of zeal and patience needed to hunt vanishing plants.”

“A page-turner exalting biodiversity… a memoir of a plant­-obsessed man [including] warm, familial stories of his Spanish childhood and scores of knuckle-biting, worldwide adventures of a modern-day plant hunter.”
Library Journal

“Bound to enthrall readers and get them thinking more fully about plants.” 
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A book that will inspire wonder, even hope.”

“Magdalena’s excitement about plants and their propagation is contagious, and even those lacking green thumbs should be fascinated by his travels and adventures in science.”

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 (UK)

“Botany, on its face, doesn’t sound particularly thrilling. This book will change your mind.”
Bill McKibben, New York Times bestselling author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet and Radio Free Vermont

“Carlos has been able to achieve things with plants that no one else can do.”
Richard Barley, director of horticulture, Royal Botanic Garden, Kew

“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

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