The Plant Messiah
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.

The Plant Messiah Details

TitleThe Plant Messiah
Author
ReleaseJun 1st, 2017
PublisherViking
ISBN-139780241292327
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Science, Environment, Nature, Autobiography, Memoir

The Plant Messiah Review

  • Rebecca Foster
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 propagator. His initial focus was on the café marron plant from Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, a place where biodiversity is critically threatened by invasive species and traditional medicine. Magdalena was part of a project to grow café marron cuttings at Kew and then return seeds to the wild in 2007 and 2010. However, his first love was waterlilies, so he also cultivated Australian varieties at Kew. His travels also took him to the Amazon, Peru and Australia – a set of experiences that grows a bit repetitive. An epilogue offers ideas of how you can help combat plant extinctions, and there’s a helpful glossary too. I especially liked the botanical illustrations. However, I think you have to be really, really interested in plants to get more out of this, and I was disappointed to learn at the very end that Magdalena had a ghostwriter – I would have preferred it if that fact was disclosed up front.A few lines I liked:“Grafting is horticultural sleight of hand.”“Destroy one species and you give yourself permission to destroy them all.”“The world of plants is full of surprises.”“Anyone can be a plant messiah. You only need to have a spark of interest.”
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a better read than most of the fiction I've read lately. The author's anecdotal stories are quite thrilling at times. The reader finds themselves wondering "will it propagate??" As the author yet again attempts to revive a plant thought to be already or near extinct. I found myself reading some of these stories out loud to people and everyone was enchanted by them. While reading this I took the time to look up most of the plants mentioned and did quite a bit of research into each. This book was a better read than most of the fiction I've read lately. The author's anecdotal stories are quite thrilling at times. The reader finds themselves wondering "will it propagate??" As the author yet again attempts to revive a plant thought to be already or near extinct. I found myself reading some of these stories out loud to people and everyone was enchanted by them. While reading this I took the time to look up most of the plants mentioned and did quite a bit of research into each. It's great to learn something new.
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  • Rama
    January 1, 1970
    Studying the Silent Extinction of Rare PlantsIn 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 Studying the Silent Extinction of Rare PlantsIn 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 studies across to understand how plant extinction are taking place, and how we can fix this silent extinction. The factors contributing to their disappearance are varied and complex, but the consequences of their loss are immeasurable. The author explores the principle factors for extinction. In almost all cases changes brought about in the environment by humans; through deforestation, breaking the natural balance with the introduction non-native species of animals, and global warming.Some of the interesting examples from this book includes; The jellyfish tree, is a critically endangered and endemic to the island of Seychelles. It has been suggested that these trees have been lost from the natural habitat of moist forests through competition with other species and climate change. Roussea simplex is native of Mauritius in Indian Ocean, where it grows in mountain forests. The flowers of Roussea produce copious amounts of nectar and are pollinated only by the blue-tailed day gecko. The fruit secretes a gelatinous substance that contains the minute seeds. The blue-tailed gecko licks up this secretion and disperses the seeds in its droppings. But a small ant introduced to Mauritius by colonists invades the flowers of Roussea and cover with clay to protect themselves. The ants sting blue-tailed day gecko from drinking the pollen and thus stopping pollination process. Trochetia boutoniana also known by its native Creole name Boucle d'Oreille is a shrub close to extinction, because the monkeys introduced into its natural habitat feed on plants blossom buds that effectively eliminated this plant species.The book is not accompanied by illustrations or the photographs of plants becoming extinct in natural habitats. On the lesser side of science, I find the title of this book is somewhat outlandish, after all no one used this term for other renowned ecologists and environmental biologists.
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  • Randal White
    January 1, 1970
    The author is a botanist at the Pew Gardens in London.  This is his life story of his efforts to save plants that are on the verge of extinction.  He has traveled the world to find, collect, and propagate these plants.  The book reads like a fiction novel, it's exciting to hear about his adventures. After finishing reading the book, I came away with a sense of disappointment at how fast the earth is changing, and a thankfulness that there are people like the author working hard to preserve our The author is a botanist at the Pew Gardens in London.  This is his life story of his efforts to save plants that are on the verge of extinction.  He has traveled the world to find, collect, and propagate these plants.  The book reads like a fiction novel, it's exciting to hear about his adventures. After finishing reading the book, I came away with a sense of disappointment at how fast the earth is changing, and a thankfulness that there are people like the author working hard to preserve our heritage.  
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  • Misti
    January 1, 1970
    *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 *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 plants in that region of the US and a movement to reintroduce species that have been missing since the collecting and logging days. So, every story Carlos told I could just imagine it was in Florida instead of the far-off tropical places he visited. Let's all cure some plant blindness!
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  • J.D. Dehart
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 will save these plants and preserve special, beautiful, and vital parts of the worlds ecosystems. These are the people who send seeds to the famous seed bank in the arctic. This is a book about saving the world. One special plant at a time. This is a very Important book.
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  • Shaun
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 environment as a whole and the impact is it having on the plants of the world. His passion spills out on every adventure and page of the book. Professional and amateur horticulturists seem to be the main target of this book, but it is still readable to the layperson (like myself). However, Magdalena chooses to use the Latin names of all the plants he encounters, which can get a bit hard to follow sometimes when he's comparing one to many others numerous times. That may be scientifically correct, but it's a bit difficult for this layman. I was also disappointed there were no illustrations or photographs of the plants discussed. If so passionate, why no photos? There are illustrations at the end of every chapter, but it's of different parts of the same plant. Photographs and illustrations of the plants throughout the book would have been very welcomed. Overall, it was an area I had no real knowledge about going in, and I came out knowing more about the rare plant world. The writing can be tedious, but is interesting nonetheless.
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  • Nostalgia Reader
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars.Any subtitle that mentions searching for rare species immediately draws me in, so I automatically clicked the request button when I saw this on NetGalley.I was expecting this to be more of a pure non-fiction book about various efforts to save various rare plant species, but instead it was a memoir about Magdalena's own travels and efforts to save some specific species. I enjoyed the memoir aspect of it, as Magdalena has an easy to read style and some amusing stories, but I also was a t 3.5 stars.Any subtitle that mentions searching for rare species immediately draws me in, so I automatically clicked the request button when I saw this on NetGalley.I was expecting this to be more of a pure non-fiction book about various efforts to save various rare plant species, but instead it was a memoir about Magdalena's own travels and efforts to save some specific species. I enjoyed the memoir aspect of it, as Magdalena has an easy to read style and some amusing stories, but I also was a tad disappointed that it was wasn't a compilation of stories about a wider variety of plants. However, it didn't detract from my enjoyment of this book at all!Magdalena is obviously very passionate about plants, and this shows throughout the book. His enthusiasm for helping to propagate rare plants shines through in his writing style--it was a bit frantically written at times, but the narrative of it remained easy to follow throughout. It was a bit overwhelming with all the Latin names thrown around, and no pictures to reference to see some of the nuanced differences between plants. However, because each chapter focused on one specific species of plant, it wasn't too overwhelming.I do hope that the final version will have some pictures of some of the plants and places mentioned, as it would make comprehending some of the nuanced differences in species and sub-species easier.I'd highly recommend this book to people who are passionate about gardening and botany--the more you know about plants, the more you'll likely enjoy it! It's also a good read for someone like me, who appreciates plants and botany, but isn't a hobbyist or expert in plant-life.Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy to review!(Cross posted on my blog.)
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  • Randal White
    January 1, 1970
    The author is a botanist at the Pew Gardens in London. This is his life story of his efforts to save plants that are on the verge of extinction. He has traveled the world to find, collect, and propagate these plants. The book reads like a fiction novel, it's exciting to hear about his adventures. After finishing reading the book, I came away with a sense of disappointment at how fast the earth is changing, and a thankfulness that there are people like the author working hard to preserve our heri The author is a botanist at the Pew Gardens in London. This is his life story of his efforts to save plants that are on the verge of extinction. He has traveled the world to find, collect, and propagate these plants. The book reads like a fiction novel, it's exciting to hear about his adventures. After finishing reading the book, I came away with a sense of disappointment at how fast the earth is changing, and a thankfulness that there are people like the author working hard to preserve our heritage.
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  • Jeanette Blain
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Sid Nuncius
    January 1, 1970
    This is an important book which makes vital points about plant conservation. It is in may ways interesting and informative, but I did have my reservations about the way in which Carlos Magdalena presents his work and his message.Magdalena has been a botanical horticulturalist at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew for many years. This means that he has received the best training and experience available in his field, and it is evident that he really knows what he is talking about. He is genuinely d This is an important book which makes vital points about plant conservation. It is in may ways interesting and informative, but I did have my reservations about the way in which Carlos Magdalena presents his work and his message.Magdalena has been a botanical horticulturalist at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew for many years. This means that he has received the best training and experience available in his field, and it is evident that he really knows what he is talking about. He is genuinely deeply concerned with plant conservation and driven to do all he can about it. This has given rise among colleagues to his slightly tongue-in-cheek title of The Plant Messiah, and in this book he tells us about how his upbringing led him eventually to Kew and about some of his inspiring work in rescuing endangered species. He makes the detail of the work very interesting - even minutiae of the techniques of propagation and grafting for example - and his world-wide forays to save plants from extinction in the face of ignorance, greed, political intransigence and the like are also a fascinating read.I did react rather against the general tone of the book, though. I want to be clear that I unreservedly support what Magdalena is doing and I admire his untiring and sincere efforts. I am rather less admiring of the somewhat egocentric narrative here and the way in which he seems to have taken the Messiah tag a little too seriously. I had a strong sense of his always trying to show us that he cares more than anybody else and has insights which others are too obtuse to see. It is noticeable how infrequently he uses the pronoun "we"; when there is brilliance or success it is "I," but errors are generally by "people." Science is a collaborative effort, and a little more humility and recognition of that would be welcome. Magdalena also sometimes allows his passion to outstrip reasoning; for example, he says "Destroy one species and you give yourself permission to destroy them all." Well, no, Carlos – you don't. You may make it slightly easier to destroy some others, but that's not the same thing at all. There's quite a lot of this sort of exaggerated rhetoric, which for me weakens rather than strengthens his case.I have given this book four stars because its message is so important and there is a good deal of real interest to be found here. I repeat, I think what Carlos Magdalena is doing is admirable and vitally important – but I find spending time in his company can be hard going in places.(I received an ARC via Netgalley.)
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    *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.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 saving one species or another of rare plants and that is fascinating, Carlos Magdalena gives us lots of information, sometimes with a bit of humour, not only on plants but also on zoology, history and so on. It helps that I am a Friend of Kew Gardens which I visit quite often, so it was particularly interesting to read what happens behind closed doors. But the book is also a call to action for all of us. We only have a planet and we are destroying or at best we don't seem to care about it. Plants feeds us, gives us material for our clothes and other objects but they also heal us and provide the habitat and eco-system for many creatures. Basically we can't live without plants. Each plants that becomes extinct is gone forever and might have provided a cure or a solution to a disease or problem in the future. I don't know if Carlos Magdalena is a messiah but it seems obvious that he is extremely passionate and has a lot of knowledge and a strong message. If you are interested in nature or conservation read this book, but it would be good if those people who are not interested in conservation read it.I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
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  • J.D. Dehart
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 juxtaposition, and a nicely accomplished autobiography.
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  • GONZA
    January 1, 1970
    If I haven't read something about this book before starting, I could have easily thought that it was a fictional story because it's well written and enjoyable, but as it is a memoir, I think it is even better in my opinion.Se non avessi letto prima qualcosa sulla vita dell'autore, avrei potuto pensare che questo libro fosse un romanzo di finzione, invece il fatto che sia un memoir, rende il tutto migliore secondo me.THANKS NETGALLEY FOR THE PREVIEW!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Caleb Melchior
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Joke
    January 1, 1970
    Heer der Planten Carlos MagdalenaAantal pagina’s: 256Genre: Biologie algemeenUitgeverij:Atlas ContactISBN: 9789045034515 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 Heer der Planten Carlos MagdalenaAantal pagina’s: 256Genre: Biologie algemeenUitgeverij:Atlas ContactISBN: 9789045034515 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 en wil dat “Heer der Planten” de aanzet tot verandering van de mensen geeft. Planten zijn de sleutel tot de toekomst van onze planeet, voor ons en onze kinderen. Hij wil de wereld bewust maken van wat planten voor ons doen. Carlos Magdalena is een man met een missie; de in de wereld meest bedreigde plantensoorten voor uitsterving behoeden.Hij weet op miraculeuze wijze zaden tot ontkieming te brengen, planten te stekken door geduld te hebben, allerlei technieken uit te proberen en nieuwe mogelijkheden te onderzoeken. Hij heeft soorten, die als verloren beschouwd werden nieuw leven ingeblazen en weet dit op een inspirerende beeldende manier te verhalen. Tijdens zijn expedities loopt hij tegen bureaucratie, vergunningen en onwetendheid aan.Op een bevlogen manier beschrijft hij hoe planten de zuurstof leveren die we inademen, ons genezen en beschermen en voorzien van kleding, onderdak, eten en drinken.Als lezer wordt je meegenomen op reis naar verre uithoeken in de wereld.Het belang van wetenschappelijk onderzoek is niet weg te denken bij het behoud van bedreigde plantensoorten.In het hoofdstuk Genesis verteld Carlos zijn biografie, waar hij opgegroeid is in Spanje, de liefde voor planten van zijn moeder meekreeg en hoe hij in Engeland stage heeft gelopen bij Kew Garden en daar een baan heeft gekregen.Resurrection op Rodriques verhaald zijn gedrevenheid, je zou het bijna een obsessie noemen om de plant Cafe Marron voor uitsterven te behoeden, wat hem lukt. En hoe omheiningen de wilde flora en fauna beschermen tegen de mens.Tevens verhaalt hij hoe op Rodriques overal uitheemse plantensoorten de inheemse soorten verdringen.In het hoofdstuk Over schildpadden gesproken verteld hij dat schildpadden eigenlijk dezelfde taak als de olifanten op de Afrikaanse savanne hebben: het verspreiden van zaden en bemestten van de bodem met hun uitwerpselen.Als een ecosysteem verstoort is, doordat er een belangrijk element weggevallen is, introduceer je een ander soort. De schildpad eet onkruiden en eet inheemse planten pas, als het niet anders kan. 1 op de 5 planten wordt met uitsterven bedreigt, iedereen kan zijn steentje bij dragen door belangstelling te tonen, kennis te vergaren en deze te gebruiken. Kijk eens om je heen luidt zijn vraag.Soorten zijn soms slecht uit elkaar te houden, doordat ze zo op elkaar lijken en slecht m.b.v. DNA onderzoek kun je achter de juiste soort komen.De economische waarde van bijv. de paranoot heeft deze voor uitsterven door kappen beschermd. Carlos heeft ervoor gezorgd, dat de inheemse bevolking kennis heeft gekregen van stekken en snoeien op de juiste manier.In de Epiloog geeft Carlos Magdalena aan, dat planten “herinneringen” vasthouden en communiceren via uitgestrekte netwerken van ondergrondse schimmels bij hun wortels. Deze netwerken worden gebruikt om hun buren te helpen, door voedingsstoffen en informatie te delen.Al met al een goed leesbaar boek, over een belangrijk onderwerp.
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  • Anneke van dijken
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 denken van dat hij gelijk heeft, je gaat de natuur met andere ogen bekijken, hoopt dat veel bijna uitgestorven planten uiteindelijk ooit weer volop gaan groeien en bloeien.Door zijn verhalen en hoe liefdevol hij over planten schrijft, kan je merken dat de planten zijn lust en zijn leven zijn. De planten, dieren en plaatsen die hij benoemd in het boek, nodigen uit tot googlen om ze met eigen ogen te zien. Je wilt de reizen maken die hij heeft gemaakt om te ervaren wat hij heeft meegemaakt en gezien. Je wilt Kew in Londen bezoeken om de planten te bekijken, die onder andere door Carlos worden verzorgd, doordat hij er zo beeldend over verteld. Ondertussen leer je ook hoe je planten kan meerderen. Tevens leer je waar bepaalde planten vandaan komen en waar ze oorspronkelijk groeien zoals bijvoorbeeld de Chassalia boryana en hoe ze zich oorspronkelijk meerderen. Hij verteld je wat zijn lievelingsplant is, waar hij mensen onderweg voor laat stoppen als hij vermoed dat ze zich ergens bevinden. Het is een plant waar maar weinig mensen van weten dat die in vele soorten en kleuren voorkomt. Ook zullen maar weinig mensen weten dat er meer kleuren van de katoenplant zijn, dat ze er niet alleen in het wit zijn.Hij heeft het niet alleen over planten, maar er is ook een hoofdstuk over schildpadden, hoe die leven, hoe het komt dat bepaalde soorten zijn uitgestorven en waar de oudst levende schildpad leeft. Je leert bepaalde landen als Peru en eilanden als Mauritius beter kennen, hoe de wetgeving daar is omtrent flora en fauna, hoe ze daar met de planten omgaan.Omdat ik de drukproef mocht lezen, kan ik niet oordelen over de foto's, maar ik ben daar uiteraard heel benieuwd naar en verwacht dat die schitterend zullen zijn.Kortom, dit is echt een heel mooi boek voor als je in planten geïnteresseerd bent en is een heel mooi boek voor de hogere scholen.Minpuntje is dat de noten achterin staan in plaats van onder de bewuste bladzijde.Lees verder op https://surfingann.blogspot.nl/2017/0....
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  • meandthebooks
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 Magdalena can get into Kew. Then he asked how to keep some species from extinction. From the beginning Magdalena had told her story in a light, easy-to-understand language.Well, I never visited Kew, because I'm in Indonesia. But I will look at this book from another point of view. Through this book Magdalena has shown the various sides of a botanist's life. By the way, the delivery is sometimes serious, funny and ordinary. Then each section is told according to different species and territories.What I expect from this book is a clear picture of the species. Because when I read the book and curious about the type of species, I will look for it over the internet. So I hope this can be fixed.So, is this book worth to read? True, this book can be very interesting for botany or anyone who loves plants. Because I'm not a plant lover and can be interested, so I'm sure this book will also be very interesting for ordinary people like me.Thank you to NetGalley for letting me read this book. Although I read in a slow tempo but this book really attracted my curiosity.So how many stars for this book? from the depths of my heart, I will give 4 star. Actually when reading this book and making me very interested in the plant, I finally went to one of the forests in Indonesia with this book. Reading The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World's Rarest Species By Carlos Magdalena with the lush, rain, drizzle and very quiet rainforest situation can give me another feeling. Several times I found a stream of sulfur streams, very tall pine plants, wild flowers, wild butterflies, and cold air. If you want to know my feelings, it is incredible. I am grateful to be able to read this book and I invite everyone to read it.Look once again, that it's possible that some of the objects we use come from forests, plants and rare plants.also read at my blog, https://www.buku-books.com/review-the...thanks
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  • meandthebooks
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 Magdalena can get into Kew. Then he asked how to keep some species from extinction. From the beginning Magdalena had told her story in a light, easy-to-understand language.Well, I never visited Kew, because I'm in Indonesia. But I will look at this book from another point of view. Through this book Magdalena has shown the various sides of a botanist's life. By the way, the delivery is sometimes serious, funny and ordinary. Then each section is told according to different species and territories.What I expect from this book is a clear picture of the species. Because when I read the book and curious about the type of species, I will look for it over the internet. So I hope this can be fixed.So, is this book worth to read? True, this book can be very interesting for botany or anyone who loves plants. Because I'm not a plant lover and can be interested, so I'm sure this book will also be very interesting for ordinary people like me.Thank you to NetGalley for letting me read this book. Although I read in a slow tempo but this book really attracted my curiosity.So how many stars for this book? from the depths of my heart, I will give 4 star. Actually when reading this book and making me very interested in the plant, I finally went to one of the forests in Indonesia with this book. Reading The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World's Rarest Species By Carlos Magdalena with the lush, rain, drizzle and very quiet rainforest situation can give me another feeling. Several times I found a stream of sulfur streams, very tall pine plants, wild flowers, wild butterflies, and cold air. If you want to know my feelings, it is incredible. I am grateful to be able to read this book and I invite everyone to read it.Look once again, that it's possible that some of the objects we use come from forests, plants and rare plants. Please also look this review in buku-books.com
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  • RMazin
    January 1, 1970
    Carlos Magdalena is the plant messiah. His mission is one of plant advocacy and rescue. As a horticulturist and botanist at Kew Gardens. But he is not only found there. More frequently, Carlos travels the world in search of rare plants, restoring plant ecosystems and trying to get humans to work within the framework of the environment for the betterment of our planet. While most people see a single plant, Carlos sees the whole ecosystem that either supports it or destroys it. He seeks to educate Carlos Magdalena is the plant messiah. His mission is one of plant advocacy and rescue. As a horticulturist and botanist at Kew Gardens. But he is not only found there. More frequently, Carlos travels the world in search of rare plants, restoring plant ecosystems and trying to get humans to work within the framework of the environment for the betterment of our planet. While most people see a single plant, Carlos sees the whole ecosystem that either supports it or destroys it. He seeks to educate and change what we are doing to our world, whether it is a large project or perhaps something a hobbyist can grow in a backyard.The Plant Messiah begins as a memoir showing how environment and family in Spain influenced Carlos. Then through his instincts, skills, determination and education he transforms himself into a knowledgeable and innovative advocate of the natural world. He is ready to risk time, and himself to pursue plants in many inhospitable situations.The book is exciting, amusing and informative. Since I had an ARC on my Kindle from Netgalley, I read the book slowly. That is because there weren’t any pictures in this format. So with my Kindle opened to the text, and my Ipad researching the images of the Latin plant names, I could see what Carlos was seeing. Yes, it took longer to read but it was still enjoyable. And sometimes, having lived on the East Coast and Southwest deserts, I was able to recognize similar plant life – major coup!Recommended and thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book.
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  • Kaitlyn
    January 1, 1970
    I won an ARC of this book through a Goodreads giveaway; all thoughts and ratings are my own. This is one of my favorite books I've read recently. I haven't read many books about rare plants or botany, but this was still understandable to me. I really loved the section dealing with South American plants. If I was just judging that book on that section, it would have been a 5 star book, especially the portions where he talked about how local populations were dealing with the deforestation and othe I won an ARC of this book through a Goodreads giveaway; all thoughts and ratings are my own. This is one of my favorite books I've read recently. I haven't read many books about rare plants or botany, but this was still understandable to me. I really loved the section dealing with South American plants. If I was just judging that book on that section, it would have been a 5 star book, especially the portions where he talked about how local populations were dealing with the deforestation and other threats to the native plants there. The sections where he talked about trying to figure out how to breed different endangered plants and the work (and occasionally luck) that goes into figuring out the exact mechanisms by which they breed were also fascinating. So why is it 4 stars instead of 5? There were a few sections were he talked too much about himself and things not entirely related to plants for my tastes. I understand it's a memoir, but I really could have done without the references to what his teachers thought about him as a boy and other similar aspects. They didn't add anything to the main purpose of the book. Overall, I would recommend this book to just about anyone - it's not written in obscure language, there's enough human interest to keep those not entirely fascinated by plants reading, and the sections dealing with figuring out how to breed plants or finding specimens of endangered plants are fascinating.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Good afternoon my lovely Bumbles! I have just finished an upcoming memoir by Carlos Magdalena. I am so impressed by Mr. Magdalena’s illustrious career. His ‘Plant Messiah’ nickname is well deserved. Over the last two decades, he has been saving endangered plants around the world. I was particularly taken by the urgency with which he swoops in to make his rescues. Often, Mr. Magdalena finds himself in precarious situations while doing so. . I got thoroughly lost in his adventures in Peru and Aust Good afternoon my lovely Bumbles! I have just finished an upcoming memoir by Carlos Magdalena. I am so impressed by Mr. Magdalena’s illustrious career. His ‘Plant Messiah’ nickname is well deserved. Over the last two decades, he has been saving endangered plants around the world. I was particularly taken by the urgency with which he swoops in to make his rescues. Often, Mr. Magdalena finds himself in precarious situations while doing so. . I got thoroughly lost in his adventures in Peru and Australia. His message to us is clear. We need to wake up and take better care of our planet. Plants, do indeed, form the basis of our ecosystems and we need to learn more sustainable ways to engage with our environment. His ability to teach others is one of his most valuable assets. Through his teachings, we can all learn to be greener and help to make the world a better place for future generations. IT’S URGENT! Over the years, I have become more and more passionate about being greener. This memoir further fueled my passion. It was a refreshing read in a difficult time for our environmental laws and protections. Mr. Magdalena is a botany badass and I loved learning from him! #theplantmessiah #carlosmagdelena #doubleday #botanybadass #science #kew #waterlilies #benicetotheplantspeople #rareplantspecies #lovetheearth #plantninja #urgent #savetheplants #alwayslearning #ilovescience
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  • Dree
    January 1, 1970
    Adventure botany! Magdalena is a horticulturalist at London's Kew Gardens, specializing in locating, collecting seeds and/or cuttings, germinating, and raising to maturity the known rarest plants in the world. He also teaches locals (whether other professionals, gardeners, or local farmers) how to propagate, prune, graft, and protect such plants as needed. In this book he takes us to the Spain of his childhood, his time as a students at Kew, Rodrigues Island, Mauritius, Peru, Australia, and Boli Adventure botany! Magdalena is a horticulturalist at London's Kew Gardens, specializing in locating, collecting seeds and/or cuttings, germinating, and raising to maturity the known rarest plants in the world. He also teaches locals (whether other professionals, gardeners, or local farmers) how to propagate, prune, graft, and protect such plants as needed. In this book he takes us to the Spain of his childhood, his time as a students at Kew, Rodrigues Island, Mauritius, Peru, Australia, and Bolivia. In each place he works in different climates, with different people, and different plants. His goal with all, though, is to collect and save seeds to grow more plants and to store in a seed bank.Though I think his job sounds great, it is not all adventure. He does touch on the frustrations of finding the secrets to different species' germination, and on the library research and professional relationships that help him find the keys to success. A lot of his job is plain old botany, in the lab or greenhouse.I still think it sounds like fun!
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  • Denise Birt
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 meaningful. You will travel from country to country and become a part of and be immersed in, a life so interesting through the eyes of Carlos Magdalena, a dedicated servant. His world is our world and I thank him for all he does. A true learning experience and one in which opened my eyes to a world not many give much thought to, or get to know as well as they should.Thank you to NetGalley for the eARC.Novels & Latte Book BlogNovels & Latte Book Club
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    * Thank you to Doubleday Books for providing me with a free copy of this book. *"The world of plants is full of surprises."In this book, Carlos talks about his love of plants, his journey to his career with Kew Botanic Gardens, and his conservation efforts around the world. It was very interesting to learn about the process of conserving plants and the places Carlos travelled to provide support. Reading this book you can really see how much passion Carlos has for this work and plants in general. * Thank you to Doubleday Books for providing me with a free copy of this book. *"The world of plants is full of surprises."In this book, Carlos talks about his love of plants, his journey to his career with Kew Botanic Gardens, and his conservation efforts around the world. It was very interesting to learn about the process of conserving plants and the places Carlos travelled to provide support. Reading this book you can really see how much passion Carlos has for this work and plants in general. He also does a wonderful job of making it easy for the layperson to understand all the science, which I consider a huge feat.Pick this up if you like science and want to hear what it's like to be horticulturist traveling the worlds to preserve plants.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Carlos Madalena’s shares the story of his lifelong passion for identifying plants, eventually becoming focused on attempting to save many endangered plants and their seeds from extinction. An enlightening glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes of his work at Kew Gardens is enhanced by highlights journeys to collect seeds and cuttings in remote locations around the world to,gather specimens for propagation. While he provides detailed descriptions of many of the plants, it is disappointing not Carlos Madalena’s shares the story of his lifelong passion for identifying plants, eventually becoming focused on attempting to save many endangered plants and their seeds from extinction. An enlightening glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes of his work at Kew Gardens is enhanced by highlights journeys to collect seeds and cuttings in remote locations around the world to,gather specimens for propagation. While he provides detailed descriptions of many of the plants, it is disappointing not to be able to view phototgraphs and botanical illustrations of them, especially since readers are unlikley to ever have an opportunity to see most of these rare plants themselves
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  • Jes
    January 1, 1970
    Magdalena comes on strong about saving plants from the first paragraph. I loved his enthusiasm for preservation, his insights on plant culture, and how I was still able to understand his work without being a botanist myself. I will say that this book is for people who are already passionate about nature conservation. He doesn't talk a ton about the politics of it, but he does have a great perspective on how it works and the failings of the conservation world as it is.I would not recommend this t Magdalena comes on strong about saving plants from the first paragraph. I loved his enthusiasm for preservation, his insights on plant culture, and how I was still able to understand his work without being a botanist myself. I will say that this book is for people who are already passionate about nature conservation. He doesn't talk a ton about the politics of it, but he does have a great perspective on how it works and the failings of the conservation world as it is.I would not recommend this to anyone who isn't already a nature lover.
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