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Planthropology: The Myths, Mysteries, and Miracles of My Garden Favorites Hardcover – November 4, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400097835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400097838
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #952,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Only time betows the mantle of classic, but I sense I hold a classic in my hands.”
— Renegade Gardener.com

“For the consumate plant lover…Reading though this book will remind a gardener of the experience when viewing a painting but, upon each return visit, making new discoveries.”
— Suite101.com

About the Author

KEN DRUSE is the author of many award-winning books, including his groundbreaking title The Natural Garden, which initiated a design movement that continues to grow in popularity today. His most recent book, Ken Druse: The Passion for Gardening, was touted as “one of the five gardening books to own” by the Wall Street Journal. His podcast, Ken Druse Real Dirt, is available at www.KenDruse.com.

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It is illustrated and written fabulously.
Fred
As a person extremely interested in the view as well as the information behind it, I can whole-heartedly give this book a 5 star rating.
SSB
I always think Ken Druse can never top his last book, and then he does it every time.
Ilene Sternberg

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Phillip O. VINE VOICE on December 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Ken Druse explores the myths, mysteries and fascinating stories behind plants in this beautifully illustrated book. He starts out by discussing the hazardous expeditions of great plant explorers and the great risks (sometimes deadly) they took to bring exciting new plants to their countries. A chapter titled "The Garden of Good and Evil" explores the dark side of plants - those that are poisonous as well as those used throughout history for beneficial purposes. Anecdotes about the inner working of plants, like pollination, symmetry of design, and fragrance make for fascinating reading. Generously illustrated with gorgeous color photographs (a close-up of the seedhead of a sunflower is simply awesome), this book is another winner by an outstanding garden writer.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ilene Sternberg on April 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I always think Ken Druse can never top his last book, and then he does it every time. "Making More Plants" was superb; "Passion for Gardening" was exceptional; and "Planthropology" is downright ambrosial!

This is a book to savor and digest in small doses over a long period of time because it has so much to offer and digest: exciting plant history, practical growing tips; botany, plant hunting adventures, medicinal and other uses of the green kingdom, botanical symmetry, myths, cultural significance, astonishing facts, engaging anecdotes, and the wonders of science that permeate the natural world.

The author's writing style is casual, often humorous, and his sense of wonder is contageous. He has the ability to explain complex information in simple, entertaining prose. He is possibly America's finest garden writer.

And, as if that weren't enough, Druse is a masterful, artistic, sensitive photographer. If you don't find your mouth watering over his luscious photos, you may need to have your eyes and salivary glands inspected. "Planthropology," a fitting term Druse coined, is pure delight.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Fred on January 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was listening to public radio and the author was being intreviewed, this sparked my intrest,I bought the book. It is illustrated and written fabulously. Very educational, a great referance book enjoyable for anyone who loves to garden, and know little snipits of myths and unfolding of mysteries of some garden favorites.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Guy L. Gonzalez on February 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you ask Ken Druse what his favorite plant is, his answer will most likely be "whichever one I'm looking at. Every plant has an incredible story."

In Planthropology, Druse proves his point, engagingly bringing plants of all kinds to vivid life with entertaining and enlightening stories that will intrigue gardeners and non-gardeners alike. It's a visual feast that will make waiting for warmer weather to return more bearable, and it's not just inspirational reading for avid gardeners, but also an ideal gift for helping family and friends get a better appreciation for your own passion, perhaps even inspiring them to get outside and join you.
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