The ultimate visual reference to the plants and flowers
of the world
Editor: Janet Marinelli
Published by Dorling Kindersley
Distributed by Penguin
Reviewed by Mike Gowing
THE subtitle's claim
that this is the "ultimate visual reference to the plants and flowers
of the world" might seem extravagant. However, this encyclopaedia
has the endorsement of Britain's Royal Botanic Kew Gardens, a preface
by the garden's director Sir Peter Crane and content that will enthral
gardeners and conservationists.
Sir Peter says: "This
book is the first authoritative reference for gardeners interested
in how their passion for plants can contribute to the survival of
The book is based on
the premise that gardeners have a crucial role in ensuring Earth's
botanical future as it's estimated that, at current rates of depredation,
two-thirds of plant species will have disappeared before the end
of this century.
The book opens with clear
and concise instructions on how to use its five sections to best
effect. Also detailed is the way the book flags such things as threatened
species or invasive plants. The general sections cover topics like
plant diversity and extinction, and the gardener's role in conservation.
and from a wealth of contributors, Plant is a must for anyone
whose love of gardening spurs them to explore the wider implications
of saving our botanic heritage.
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH