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Plantby Janet Marinelli
Synopses & Reviews
An unadulterated celebration of the world's flora, Plant offers more than just a gardening guide. It also features 2,000 of the most threatened plants on the planet, and shows how gardeners can play a personal and important role in helping to save them.
Experience the beauty and diversity of the world's plants and flowers. Over 2,000 entries celebrate the dazzling variety of flora on earth — from the everyday daffodil to the rarest orchid.
Features an extensive encyclopedia of threatened plants, covering every conceivable type — from conifers and climbers to orchids and carnivorous plants.
Explaining each plant's origin, habitat and the conditions and care it needs to flourish in our gardens, this is the essential guide for today's responsible gardener.
Published by DK Publishing (DK), in association with the leading botanical gardens around the world, Plant is endorsed by the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) and the World Wildlife Fund — an extraordinary global project to promote a sustainable attitude towards plants. A portion of the profits from the sales of this book goes to these organizations to support their plant conservation efforts.
"Experienced gardeners will find themselves looking at old garden friends with new eyes..." Daily Telegraph
"Gardeners everywhere should make this book top of their Christmas list." Countryside Magazine
"This year's most impressive encyclopedia." The Guardian
"An encyclopedia with attitude." The Times (Supplement)
Book News Annotation:
For gardeners and horticulturists concerned with the environmental impact of their activities, this big book (10x12") was published in association with Brooklyn Botanic Garden and written by an international team of botanists under the leadership of editor-in-chief Marinelli, who is associated with BBG and is a vocal advocate for ecological landscaping. The first sections are devoted to general issues of botany, conservation, and global habitats, including discussion of how gardeners have introduced invasive plants and what to do instead. The plant encyclopedia section profiles some 2,000 plants with information on hardiness, distribution, growing habits, history, and whether or not the plant appears on the IUCN Red Lists of endangered species. The final section consists of a global guide to invasive plants, and other material relevant to plant conservation. The book is identified as a "first American edition" and appears to have been originally published in the UK (date not specified). Inexplicably, the color reproduction of the couple thousand photographs is poor; they're carefully chosen and well placed on the pages, but the images are flat (not the bright, sharp images characteristic of books from DK Publishing).
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From cultivating plants that are on the international endangered list or already extinct in the wild, to avoiding invasive species, gardeners can play a vital role in conservation. A groundbreaking reference for both plant enthusiasts and gardeners, Plant is a new-generation encyclopedia designed to provide environmental and horticultural information so that gardeners can make the right decisions about what to grow in their gardens.
About the Author
Janet Marinelli is the Director of Publishing at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and editor of the BBG's internationally-respected series of gardening handbooks. Her previous books include Stalking the Wild Amaranth of which Roger Swain, science editor of Horticulture Magazine, said, "not since Voltaire has anyone so eloquently proclaimed the wisdom and the necessity of cultivating our own gardens."
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