The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World’s Rarest Species

The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World’s Rarest Species

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.

Title:The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World’s Rarest Species
ISBN:9780241292327
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  • Rebecca Foster

    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 ...

  • Kim

    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 a...

  • Rama

    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...

  • Randal White

    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 pr...

  • Misti

    *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...

  • J.D. Dehart

    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 a...

  • Elizabeth

    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 o...

  • Shaun

    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 ...

  • Nostalgia Reader

    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...

  • Randal White

    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 propaga...