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Around the World in 80 Plants

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With its fascinating blend of the cultural, historic and scientific, Jonathan Drori's AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 TREES led readers on a global tour telling the stories of people and plants. Most of his choices are two pages - a few are four and those have more illustrations possibly likely due to the diversity (squashes, pumpkins and gourds) or the history (cocoa). For the record, I am a professional botanist, but I don't mind a little whimsy, love art and history, but I can't stand scientific inaccuracies (unless it is part of fiction, of course). Yes, the factual science portion is in here, complete with Latin names and etymology and words like "stamen" and "inflorescence" and even the occasional "secretions.

She has worked with international fashion houses, museums and Historic Royal Palaces and The Palace of Versailles. usare Folio di Ticino — «использовать касторовое масло» — по-прежнему означает там «принуждать» и «мучить».This book, which I admit I didn't finish, is a hodgepodge of variously gathered facts and impressions of plants from around the world. I loved the art, it makes it really easy to see what the plants actually look like with really great information about the plants. Often beautiful, sometimes deadly, but constantly ingenious, plants are the sources of life and delight, myth and mayhem.

With a colorful cast of characters all brought to life by illustrator Lucille Clerc, this is a botanical journey of beauty and brilliance. She is delighted with it and says it is both a beautiful and a very informative addition to her library of gardening books. Like a curious but discerning alchemist, the author has distilled a wealth of information concerning the examples chosen, which are an eclectic mix of both well-known and lesser-known plants.From the unfurling leaves of the silver tree fern to the colours and impossible shapes of some unique and strange-looking orchids, these drawings add yet another layer of delight. Ultimately, it was informative and fun at times, but I felt it lacked the focus of Around the World in 80 Trees, which I loved. This goes through some sad histories and some amazing and some which has subtly been side lined in our collective histories.

Plants are absolutely fascinating, and it was wonderful to immerse myself in their beauty while learning about the cultural and ecological significance they have had around the world—sometimes profound and sometimes just plain quirky.A trustee of the Eden Project, his knowledge is encyclopaedic, but it is the combination of science and storytelling that makes his book stand out. It's not only beautifully illustrated, but it's also stuffed full of interesting and quirky facts about a wide variety of weird and wonderful plants. As with much of the natural world, the more one learns about the individual plant species and the stories that tell of our interactions with them-whether positive or negative-the more intriguing they become.

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