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

Magdalena, Carlos
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (Viking)
Published: May 18, 2017
ISBN: 9780241292327
240 pages

£16.99

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.

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