A Garden of Marvels: How We Discovered that Flowers Have Sex, Leaves Eat Air, and Other Secrets of Plants

By Ruth Kassinger

Combing the interest of The Botany of Desire and the playful spirit of Wicked Plants, a witty and interesting background of botany and gardening memoir from the writer of Paradise lower than Glass—an easy-to-follow, anecdotal instructional at the interesting technology of plants.

In Paradise below Glass, Ruth Kassinger— a self-described "wanton killer of plants"—recounted with grace, humor, and poignancy her relocating trip from brown thumb to eco-friendly, sharing the teachings she discovered construction a house conservatory within the wake of a devastating own crisis.

In A backyard of Marvels, she complements and extends her tale. whereas Kassinger effectively created her dream conservatory and rectified her preliminary gardening mistakes—the over-watering and under-fertilizing that regularly kill plants—she discovered she had no suggestion what to do to assist them thrive. until eventually she thoroughly understood how vegetation really labored, she couldn’t comprehend precisely what they needed.

In her pleasant and reassuring voice Kassinger introduces the elemental botany of plants—flowers, roots, stems, and leaves—and explains how they functionality jointly. Combining technological know-how and botanical wisdom with reflections on her own quest to develop into a greater gardener, and illustrated with greater than two-dozen black and white drawings, Garden of Marvels is a trip of discovery that gives clean and unforeseen insights into the natural.

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