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 Carlos Magdalena of Kew Gardens is not your average botanical horticulturist. He's a man on a mission to save the wor...

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Title:The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World’s Rarest Species
Author:Carlos Magdalena
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0241292328
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:238 pages pages

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

  • Misti
    Apr 01, 2018
    *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 m...
  • Hilary
    Feb 25, 2018
    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 ...
  • Tonstant Weader
    May 15, 2018
    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...
  • Jeanette Blain
    Apr 10, 2018
    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 car...
  • GONZA
    Oct 05, 2017
    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, ...
  • Randal White
    Dec 04, 2017
    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 abo...
  • Randal White
    Dec 04, 2017
    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 ...
  • Laura
    May 27, 2017
    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 tha...
  • Rebecca Foster
    Mar 26, 2018
    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 i...
  • Nostalgia Reader
    Apr 30, 2017
    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 specie...
  • Elizabeth
    Jan 23, 2018
    *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,...
  • Samantha Gronberg
    Jun 09, 2018
    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. ...
  • Sarah
    Nov 26, 2017
    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
    Sep 11, 2017
    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. ...
  • Anneke van dijken
    Aug 18, 2017
    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 uitgestorv...
  • Rama
    Feb 17, 2018
    Studying the Silent Extinction of Rare Plants In 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...
  • Kaitlyn
    Nov 03, 2017
    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 w...
  • Pia Cortez
    May 28, 2018
    Learning about Magdalena?s journey from his childhood to being the Tropical Senior Botanical Horticulturist at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew is nothing short of inspiring. I?ve come across this lesson many times throughout my reading life, something that Magdalena himself abided...
  • Shaun
    Apr 04, 2018
    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....
  • Kim
    May 28, 2017
    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. ...
  • Sid Nuncius
    Jun 07, 2017
    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 th...
  • RMazin
    Jan 28, 2018
    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 huma...
  • Elizabeth
    Mar 07, 2018
    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?...
  • meandthebooks
    Jan 07, 2018
    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 t...
  • meandthebooks
    Jan 09, 2018
    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 t...
  • Suzanne
    Jun 15, 2018
    The guy works at Kew Botanical Gardens and is some kind of rare plant propagation whiz. He also goes on expeditions to see rare plants in the field, and to try to reintroduce rare plants into their original native habitats. He?s super enthusiastic about his job, and I found the book ...
  • Amy
    Mar 18, 2018
    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....
  • Joke
    Aug 17, 2017
    Heer der Planten Carlos Magdalena Aantal pagina?s: 256 Genre: Biologie algemeen Uitgeverij:Atlas Contact ISBN: 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...
  • J.D. Dehart
    Mar 27, 2018
    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. ...
  • J.D. Dehart
    Oct 14, 2017
    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 w...