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Around the World in 80 Plants

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Structured by continent, this book guides the reader around the world, dipping into the stories of the tiny, the towering, the parasitic and the submarine.

I loved the writing style and interesting information about each plant - I often stopped to read a few sentences to my husband, or made sure to share some of it with him later. I could go into detail about several of them but this is a book in which every page needs to be investigated, read, digested and considered. I'm very tempted to travel to some of these countries to find them and see if I can apply my new knowledge.With a colourful cast of characters all brought to life by illustrator Lucille Clerc, Around the World in 80 Plants takes you on a botanical journey of beauty and brilliance.

Page 90-99 were my favourite pages - it made me smile reading about henna, lotus, marigold and mango, because they’re some of my favourite plants. Her work is produced through drawing and screen-printing, much of it inspired by London and the relationship between cities and nature. She is delighted with it and says it is both a beautiful and a very informative addition to her library of gardening books. Soybeans are one of the most nutritious plant foods, rich in edible oil and, even by the standards of legumes, an excellent source of protein, although they are not to be eaten raw, as they contain substances that interfere with our digestion.Did you know that all bamboo in the world flowers simultaneously no matter where they are and we STILL have no idea why? Random facts can be fun, but not when there is a lot of anthropomorphisms going around, misunderstandings of science and especially ecology, biogeography, and morphology. The entries for every plant not only give the general information like the physical description but also historical context and interesting tidbits about each respective plant about its relationship with humans. As well as incredible facts about each plant, the author provides details of related human history, from the quirky to the abhorrent.

I wonder what criteria Drori considered when picking his 80 plants to cover because he certainly covered the world and every continent - including the ocean! Her work is mainly handcrafted from drawing to screenprinting which allows her to create large scale compositions, architectural portraits of her favourite places and exploring their past and present lives. 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.I bought this as a Christmas Gift for my mum who is crazy about Candles, Flowers, Smellies and Chocolates. Yet tobacco has killed and maimed more people than any other plant, and uses 40,000 square kilometres (15,500 square miles) of the Earth’s surface that could grow food or be set aside to conserve valuable forest habitats. Monty Don, Author and Broadcaster ~‘I have always believed the three Ps – Plants, People and Places – offered an unending source of stories worth the telling and this book proves the point. Jonathan Drori, ambassadeur van het WWF, neemt zijn lezers mee op een boeiende botanische wereldreis.

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