Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Buy Used
$16.86
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Book is in very good condition. There is no writing or highlighting, spine is tight and the pages are uncreased. We ship within 1 business day. Big Hearted Books shares its profits with schools, churches and non-profit groups throughout New England. Thank you for your support!
Trade in your item
Get a $0.95
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

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

5.0 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$39.99 $9.95

The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
click to open popover

Editorial Reviews

Review

“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.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1St Edition edition (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400097835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400097838
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

5 star
100%
4 star
0%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 12 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

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.
Comment 24 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
Comment 14 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
Comment 15 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I saw this book on Amazon as recommended according to my other likes and bought it fairly inexpensively gently used. It is great! It took awhile for me to open it but when I did I found it too interesting to put down, a really cool gift for the plant enthusiast in your life.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Love this book, purchased after checking out at the library a couple of times. Mr. Druse provides tons of insight about the plant world not found in other gardening books. The lush color photography makes this book a lovely coffee table looker as well!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse