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The Plant Messiah

Written by: Carlos Magdalena
Narrated by: Roy McMillan
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins

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Penguin Audio presents The Plant Messiah by Carlos Magdalena, read by Roy McMillan. 

Carlos Magdalena of Kew Gardens is not your average botanical horticulturist. He's a man on a mission to save the world's most endangered plants from ecological destruction and thieves hunting for wealthy collectors. He is a plant messiah. 

From the planet's tiniest waterlily - the Nymphaea thermarum - to Huarango trees with roots over 50 metres long, Carlos has a miraculous ability to bring breathtakingly beautiful plants back from the brink of extinction. 

He has travelled to the most remote and dangerous parts of the world - from the mountains of Peru to isolated Indian Ocean islands to the deepest Australian outback - in search of the rarest exotic species. Then, back in the Tropical Nursery at Kew, he uses pioneering, left-field techniques to help them propagate and prosper. Now he's here to spread the gospel. 

The Plant Messiah is the inspirational story of a man who has devoted - and risked - his life to save incredible species, all in the name of making this Earth a greener and happier place. Amen to that.

©2017 Carlos Magdalena (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-19

Incredible

This is a truly spectacular book. It does an amazing job of painting a picture, the narrator has a lovely smooth voice that sounds like you’re listening to a friend tell a story. If you’re interested in plants or botany, I highly recommend this. A super interesting read.

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  • Bell
  • 25-05-18

Great Book! Makes me want to own a physical copy!

I really like this book, I really want to visit kew garden and see the plants for myself. 100% Recommend

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  • natasza
  • 08-06-19

Inspiring

A fascinating story about plants and people. The author is not only a passionate conservationist but also a fantastic story-teller.
A must listen for plants lovers and ecology enthusiasts but not only.

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  • Molly N.
  • 22-02-19

Plants have never been more exciting!

Part memoir, part practical horticulture and a whole lot of fascinating stories about plants and the animals and people that interact with them. So many interesting natural history anecdotes in here and the performance is perfect! Can't recommend enough!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-05-18

Absolute gem. Loved every minute.

Plant hunting adventures, propogation tales and a (plants) call to arms all written/read with an infectious passion.