The Plant Messiah by Carlos Magdalena

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. H...


Details The Plant Messiah

TitleThe Plant Messiah
ISBN9780241292327
Author
Release DateJun 1st, 2017
PublisherViking
GenreNonfiction, Science, Environment, Nature, Autobiography, Memoir
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Reviews The Plant Messiah

  • Rebecca Foster
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Kim
    1970-01-01
    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 men...
  • Rama
    1970-01-01
    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, environmen...
  • Randal White
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Misti
    1970-01-01
    *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...
  • J.D. Dehart
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Elizabeth
    1970-01-01
    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 i...
  • Shaun
    1970-01-01
    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 w...
  • Nostalgia Reader
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Randal White
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Jeanette Blain
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Sid Nuncius
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Elizabeth
    1970-01-01
    *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.
  • Laura
    1970-01-01
    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 waterlilie...
  • J.D. Dehart
    1970-01-01
    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 hap...
  • GONZA
    1970-01-01
    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 PREVI...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Caleb Melchior
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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 zi...
  • Anneke van dijken
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • meandthebooks
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • meandthebooks
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • RMazin
    1970-01-01
    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 eith...
  • Kaitlyn
    1970-01-01
    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 popula...
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    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. . ...
  • Dree
    1970-01-01
    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, Rodr...
  • Denise Birt
    1970-01-01
    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 fort...
  • Danielle
    1970-01-01
    * 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 passi...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    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 descript...
  • Jes
    1970-01-01
    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 conser...