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
    2018-03-26
    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
    2017-05-28
    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...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    2018-07-03
    The author of this book is a botanist at Kew Gardens who specializes in tropical plants. He details his experiences in various tropical regions to explore and attempt to save indigenous plant life of these areas. The writing is not always great, but his passion for his subject shines through. His knowledge, commitment to preserving biodiversity, and uncanny intuition in working with plant life is admirable and inspiring.
  • Rama
    2018-02-17
    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...
  • Misti
    2018-04-01
    *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...
  • Randal White
    2017-12-04
    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 ...
  • J.D. Dehart
    2018-03-27
    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.
  • Shaun
    2018-04-04
    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...
  • Elizabeth
    2018-03-07
    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...
  • Darrin
    2018-07-14
    I started this book with a bit of trepidation. The title gave me pause because I thought the book would be all about the self-aggrandizement of the author but it turned out not to be that way at all.It is written in an open, easy-to-read style that kept my interest the whole time and made me want to go to the internet to look at the areas of the countries he visited and look at the flowers the author was describing.I have always thought of Kew Bo...
  • Randal White
    2017-12-04
    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...
  • Rana
    2018-07-05
    Look, this isn't a literary masterpiece. This guy isn't a writer, just a cool guy with a cool job doing cool shit. His passion for plants is inspirational, even if I can't get shit to grow in my own garden. (But also, I really love Kew and any horticultural garden. I highly suggest visiting your local one.)
  • Nostalgia Reader
    2017-04-30
    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 ...
  • Jeanette Blain
    2018-04-10
    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...
  • Ann T
    2018-06-20
    Thank you Doubleday and Netgalley for a complimentary ARC of this book in return for my honest review.This was an interesting memoir based around the authors quest to save plant species in an effort to do his bit to make the world a more liveable, greener place. This was a refreshing change from memoirs I had previously read and I found it a very enjoyable read.
  • Sid Nuncius
    2017-06-07
    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...
  • Samantha Gronberg
    2018-06-09
    I absolutely LOVED this book! It was such an informative and fun nonfiction book. I want to read again and again. I feel like I learned so much and had a great time doing it.
  • Tonstant Weader
    2018-05-15
    Carlos Magdalena is a botanist working at Kew Gardens whose success in propagating and saving near-extinct plants earned him the sobriquet The Plant Messiah. It is a fitting nickname as he has a messianic determination to capture the seeds and cuttings to safeguard the future of plants on the edge of extinction–even going so far as to wade into waters with crocodiles, piranhas, and snakes.The Plant Messiah is a fun and informative blend of acti...
  • Elizabeth
    2018-01-23
    *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.
  • Hilary
    2018-02-25
    I received this book for free through the GoodReads first-reads program in exchange for an honest review. The Plant Messiah is part biography, part short stories, and all call to the world to be more plant-conscious. Carlos Magdalena makes an impassioned plea through the pages of the book for us all to do our part to increase the biodiversity of the world itself, cultivate the endangered plants and trees of our locales in our own gardens, and in...
  • Laura
    2017-05-27
    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
    2017-10-14
    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
    2017-10-05
    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
    2017-11-26
    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
    2017-09-11
    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
    2017-08-17
    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
    2017-08-18
    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
    2018-01-07
    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
    2018-01-09
    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
    2018-01-28
    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...