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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Number of Pages:238 pages pages

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

  • Misti
    Apr 01, 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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

  • Coral
    Sep 09, 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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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....

    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?...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this book. From a conservation/botany view it was incredibly interesting. I also loved the travel stories and descriptions of various plants and environments. And the humour and passion of the author really comes through. It was just a lot of fun to read. Yep it has a...

    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 refreshi...

    Somewhat like an Indiana Jones of the botany world, Magdalena obviously has tremendous passion for his work, for discovering species and ensuring their preservation, and for sharing his love of plants with others. What bothers me, though, is the fact that there is a ghost writer th...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Jul 03, 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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

  • Fox
    Feb 25, 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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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....

    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?...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this book. From a conservation/botany view it was incredibly interesting. I also loved the travel stories and descriptions of various plants and environments. And the humour and passion of the author really comes through. It was just a lot of fun to read. Yep it has a...

    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 refreshi...

    Somewhat like an Indiana Jones of the botany world, Magdalena obviously has tremendous passion for his work, for discovering species and ensuring their preservation, and for sharing his love of plants with others. What bothers me, though, is the fact that there is a ghost writer th...

    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...

    By the time I was ten, I was announcing to my sub-urbanized family that I was going to be a botanist when I grew up leaving them baffled as hell; it's not like we grew plants, ran a farm, lived in the country though we kind of...? Ours was the first street of what would become a gia...

    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...

    *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,...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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....

    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?...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this book. From a conservation/botany view it was incredibly interesting. I also loved the travel stories and descriptions of various plants and environments. And the humour and passion of the author really comes through. It was just a lot of fun to read. Yep it has a...

    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 refreshi...

    Somewhat like an Indiana Jones of the botany world, Magdalena obviously has tremendous passion for his work, for discovering species and ensuring their preservation, and for sharing his love of plants with others. What bothers me, though, is the fact that there is a ghost writer th...

    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...

    By the time I was ten, I was announcing to my sub-urbanized family that I was going to be a botanist when I grew up leaving them baffled as hell; it's not like we grew plants, ran a farm, lived in the country though we kind of...? Ours was the first street of what would become a gia...

    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

    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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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....

    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?...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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

    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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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....

    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?...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this book. From a conservation/botany view it was incredibly interesting. I also loved the travel stories and descriptions of various plants and environments. And the humour and passion of the author really comes through. It was just a lot of fun to read. Yep it has a...

    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 refreshi...

    Somewhat like an Indiana Jones of the botany world, Magdalena obviously has tremendous passion for his work, for discovering species and ensuring their preservation, and for sharing his love of plants with others. What bothers me, though, is the fact that there is a ghost writer th...

    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...

    By the time I was ten, I was announcing to my sub-urbanized family that I was going to be a botanist when I grew up leaving them baffled as hell; it's not like we grew plants, ran a farm, lived in the country though we kind of...? Ours was the first street of what would become a gia...

    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...

    *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,...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

    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

    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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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....

    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?...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    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 ...

  • Ann T
    Jun 20, 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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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....

    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?...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this book. From a conservation/botany view it was incredibly interesting. I also loved the travel stories and descriptions of various plants and environments. And the humour and passion of the author really comes through. It was just a lot of fun to read. Yep it has a...

    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 refreshi...

  • Laura
    May 27, 2017

    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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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....

    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?...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this book. From a conservation/botany view it was incredibly interesting. I also loved the travel stories and descriptions of various plants and environments. And the humour and passion of the author really comes through. It was just a lot of fun to read. Yep it has a...

    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 refreshi...

    Somewhat like an Indiana Jones of the botany world, Magdalena obviously has tremendous passion for his work, for discovering species and ensuring their preservation, and for sharing his love of plants with others. What bothers me, though, is the fact that there is a ghost writer th...

    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...

    By the time I was ten, I was announcing to my sub-urbanized family that I was going to be a botanist when I grew up leaving them baffled as hell; it's not like we grew plants, ran a farm, lived in the country though we kind of...? Ours was the first street of what would become a gia...

    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...

    *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,...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Darrin
    Jul 14, 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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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....

    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?...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 a...

  • 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

    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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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....

    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?...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    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

    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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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....

    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?...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this book. From a conservation/botany view it was incredibly interesting. I also loved the travel stories and descriptions of various plants and environments. And the humour and passion of the author really comes through. It was just a lot of fun to read. Yep it has a...

    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 refreshi...

    Somewhat like an Indiana Jones of the botany world, Magdalena obviously has tremendous passion for his work, for discovering species and ensuring their preservation, and for sharing his love of plants with others. What bothers me, though, is the fact that there is a ghost writer th...

    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...

    By the time I was ten, I was announcing to my sub-urbanized family that I was going to be a botanist when I grew up leaving them baffled as hell; it's not like we grew plants, ran a farm, lived in the country though we kind of...? Ours was the first street of what would become a gia...

    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...

    *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,...

  • Rana
    Jul 05, 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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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....

    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?...

    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...

  • Samantha Gronberg
    Jun 09, 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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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....

    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?...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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....

    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?...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this book. From a conservation/botany view it was incredibly interesting. I also loved the travel stories and descriptions of various plants and environments. And the humour and passion of the author really comes through. It was just a lot of fun to read. Yep it has a...

    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 refreshi...

    Somewhat like an Indiana Jones of the botany world, Magdalena obviously has tremendous passion for his work, for discovering species and ensuring their preservation, and for sharing his love of plants with others. What bothers me, though, is the fact that there is a ghost writer th...

    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...

    By the time I was ten, I was announcing to my sub-urbanized family that I was going to be a botanist when I grew up leaving them baffled as hell; it's not like we grew plants, ran a farm, lived in the country though we kind of...? Ours was the first street of what would become a gia...

    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...

    *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,...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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, ...

    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

    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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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....

    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?...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this book. From a conservation/botany view it was incredibly interesting. I also loved the travel stories and descriptions of various plants and environments. And the humour and passion of the author really comes through. It was just a lot of fun to read. Yep it has a...

    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 refreshi...

    Somewhat like an Indiana Jones of the botany world, Magdalena obviously has tremendous passion for his work, for discovering species and ensuring their preservation, and for sharing his love of plants with others. What bothers me, though, is the fact that there is a ghost writer th...

    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...

    By the time I was ten, I was announcing to my sub-urbanized family that I was going to be a botanist when I grew up leaving them baffled as hell; it's not like we grew plants, ran a farm, lived in the country though we kind of...? Ours was the first street of what would become a gia...

    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...

    *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,...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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. ...

  • Virginia Arthur
    Aug 12, 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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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....

    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?...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this book. From a conservation/botany view it was incredibly interesting. I also loved the travel stories and descriptions of various plants and environments. And the humour and passion of the author really comes through. It was just a lot of fun to read. Yep it has a...

    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 refreshi...

    Somewhat like an Indiana Jones of the botany world, Magdalena obviously has tremendous passion for his work, for discovering species and ensuring their preservation, and for sharing his love of plants with others. What bothers me, though, is the fact that there is a ghost writer th...

    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...

    By the time I was ten, I was announcing to my sub-urbanized family that I was going to be a botanist when I grew up leaving them baffled as hell; it's not like we grew plants, ran a farm, lived in the country though we kind of...? Ours was the first street of what would become a gia...

  • Anneke van dijken
    Aug 18, 2017

    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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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....

    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?...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this book. From a conservation/botany view it was incredibly interesting. I also loved the travel stories and descriptions of various plants and environments. And the humour and passion of the author really comes through. It was just a lot of fun to read. Yep it has a...

    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 refreshi...

    Somewhat like an Indiana Jones of the botany world, Magdalena obviously has tremendous passion for his work, for discovering species and ensuring their preservation, and for sharing his love of plants with others. What bothers me, though, is the fact that there is a ghost writer th...

    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...

    By the time I was ten, I was announcing to my sub-urbanized family that I was going to be a botanist when I grew up leaving them baffled as hell; it's not like we grew plants, ran a farm, lived in the country though we kind of...? Ours was the first street of what would become a gia...

    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...

    *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,...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

  • Shaun
    Apr 04, 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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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

    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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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....

    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?...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this book. From a conservation/botany view it was incredibly interesting. I also loved the travel stories and descriptions of various plants and environments. And the humour and passion of the author really comes through. It was just a lot of fun to read. Yep it has a...

    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 refreshi...

    Somewhat like an Indiana Jones of the botany world, Magdalena obviously has tremendous passion for his work, for discovering species and ensuring their preservation, and for sharing his love of plants with others. What bothers me, though, is the fact that there is a ghost writer th...

    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...

  • Emma Bec
    Sep 15, 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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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....

    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?...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this book. From a conservation/botany view it was incredibly interesting. I also loved the travel stories and descriptions of various plants and environments. And the humour and passion of the author really comes through. It was just a lot of fun to read. Yep it has a...

  • Elizabeth
    Mar 07, 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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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....

    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?...

  • Joke
    Aug 17, 2017

    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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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....

    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?...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this book. From a conservation/botany view it was incredibly interesting. I also loved the travel stories and descriptions of various plants and environments. And the humour and passion of the author really comes through. It was just a lot of fun to read. Yep it has a...

    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 refreshi...

    Somewhat like an Indiana Jones of the botany world, Magdalena obviously has tremendous passion for his work, for discovering species and ensuring their preservation, and for sharing his love of plants with others. What bothers me, though, is the fact that there is a ghost writer th...

    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...

    By the time I was ten, I was announcing to my sub-urbanized family that I was going to be a botanist when I grew up leaving them baffled as hell; it's not like we grew plants, ran a farm, lived in the country though we kind of...? Ours was the first street of what would become a gia...

    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...

    *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,...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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, ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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

    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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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....

    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?...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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. ...

    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 t...

    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...

    *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...

    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...

    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....

    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?...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    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 ...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    I really enjoyed this book. From a conservation/botany view it was incredibly interesting. I also loved the travel stories and descriptions of various plants and environments. And the humour and passion of the author really comes through. It was just a lot of fun to read. Yep it has a...

    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 refreshi...

    Somewhat like an Indiana Jones of the botany world, Magdalena obviously has tremendous passion for his work, for discovering species and ensuring their preservation, and for sharing his love of plants with others. What bothers me, though, is the fact that there is a ghost writer th...

    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...

    By the time I was ten, I was announcing to my sub-urbanized family that I was going to be a botanist when I grew up leaving them baffled as hell; it's not like we grew plants, ran a farm, lived in the country though we kind of...? Ours was the first street of what would become a gia...

    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...

    *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,...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...