The Garden of Marvels

The Garden of Marvels

How We Discovered That Flowers Have Sex, Leaves Eat Air, and Other Secrets of Plants

eBook - 2014
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Combing the curiosity of The Botany of Desire and the playful spirit of Wicked Plants, a witty and engaging history of botany and gardening memoir from the author of Paradise Under Glass--an easy-to-follow, anecdotal tutorial on the fascinating science of plants.In Paradise Under Glass, Ruth Kassinger-- a self-described "wanton killer of plants"--recounted with grace, humor, and poignancy her moving journey from brown thumb to green, sharing the lessons she learned building a home conservatory in the wake of a devastating personal crisis.In A Garden of Marvels, she enhances and extends her story. While Kassinger successfully created her dream conservatory and rectified her initial gardening mistakes--the over-watering and under-fertilizing that often kill plants--she realized she had no idea what to do to help them thrive. Until she completely understood how plants actually worked, she couldn't know exactly what..
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2014
ISBN: 9780062049032
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NYPLRecommends Sep 04, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Everyone likes a book about sex. Kassinger gives us a scientific look at the subject and how it involves plants, as well as plant anatomy, and generally how plants grow in layman's terms. It is an interweaving of history, science and gardening that will have you buying more houseplants.
- Jessica Cline, Mid-Manhattan Library

lshapir2 Apr 23, 2014

Good read, lots of interesting facts and anecdotes that made me appreciate my own garden and gardening efforts a bit better. She does tend to get somewhat technical in places (when explaining scientific processes involved in photosynthesis for example) and she throws a lot of historical names out when going into the early history of botany, and I found I kept having to flip back pages and remind myself who did what and why it was important. Overall, I enjoyed it and would recommend to any gardener or anyone interested in learning more about our relationship with the plant life all around us.

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lshapir2 Apr 23, 2014

lshapir2 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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