A Garden of Marvels

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

Kassinger, Ruth

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
A Garden of Marvels
"In the tradition of The Botany of Desire and Wicked Plants, the author of Paradise Under Glass gives us a witty and engaging history of the first botanists interwoven with stories of today's extraordinary plants found in the garden and the lab"-- Provided by publisher.

Publisher: New York :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0062049011
Branch Call Number: 580.92 K1937g 2014
Characteristics: xviii, 395 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm


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Great combo of some of the whackiest botanics I've ever heard of plus a good historical review of the word's first botanists and the myths they had to banish. I love an author who lets their sense of humor show.

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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

Apr 23, 2014
  • lshapir2 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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Apr 23, 2014
  • lshapir2 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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