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Ken Druse, one of today s most acclaimed and popular garden writers, takes us on a ceaselessly fascinating stroll through the life of the garden, from the botanical marvels displayed by virtually any plant to the exploits of the plant explorers who once and still do race across the globe like Indiana Jones in search of rare and exotic specimens, to the need to conserve theKen Druse, one of today s most acclaimed and popular garden writers, takes us on a ceaselessly fascinating stroll through the life of the garden, from the botanical marvels displayed by virtually any plant to the exploits of the plant explorers who once and still do race across the globe like Indiana Jones in search of rare and exotic specimens, to the need to conserve the threatened diversity of the natural world Ripe with facts, punctured myths, serious investigation, and practical gardening wisdom, this is a gloriously illustrated and enlightening celebration of the plants that delight and sustain us For Ken Druse, the garden provides both a refuge from the world and an irresistible invitation to explore the wonders of nature In planthropology, Druse celebrates the secret stories of plants and explains their im portance within daily life, now and since ancient times A pleasingly random and ever delightful garden stroll of a book, it uncovers scientific facts, dispels myths, exposes controversies, tells some rollicking good anecdotes, and, along the way, casually dispenses an abundance of practical gardening wisdom.Using many of his own favorite plants as examples, Druse reveals little known facts about both rare and common beauties For instance, if you like winding down on a terrace or patio after work, Druse suggests planting petunias Why Because they are evening fragrant their pollinators only come out at night Perhaps you may not have noticed the beautiful spiraling patterns on sunflower heads Druse explains that all plants feature such spirals, and that they correspond exactly to mathematical principles that have captivated great thinkers and artists throughout history.With the authority and assurance of someone who demonstrates both deep passion and uncommon ex pertise, Druse takes us chapter by chapter through the history, biology, economics, and cultural significance of plants We meet bumblebees who literally shake pollen free from flowers with sonic vibrations Druse can t recommend petting the fuzzy little apian teddy bears as they sleep in a sheltering blossom, but he has tried it Here too are the adventures of the plant explorers who sailed and trekked across the world in search of new and exotic specimens, and whose exploits were far harrowing than you might imagine Some plants even factored into the instigation of war But Druse then gives us a handy primer on the language of flowers a single gardenia says, I love you in secret, and acacia blossoms say, Let us be friends He considers the influence of plants on the history of fine and decorative arts, the way we garden now with stalwart, low maintenance plants, and the ever critical need for conservation.Planthropology is a wondrous ac knowledgment, from one plant lover to his fellow devotees, of the limitless pleasure and deep wisdom to be found in the garden.
Title: Planthropology: The Myths, Mysteries, and Miracles of My Garden Favorites Author: Ken Druse ISBN: 9781400097838 Page: 483 Format: Hardcover