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Book of the month - Remarkable Plants That Shape Our World

Fri, 2014-10-03 13:24

Plants are truly remarkable: even with all our modern technological prowess they still feed, clothe and shelter us, help transport us and can intoxicate and cure us. Authors Helen and William Bynum are expert guides to the rich histories, significance and uses of over 80 key plants in 69 entries, revealing our relationship with them, both utilitarian and aesthetic, and their multiple benefits and cultural associations.

Book of the month - Plants: from roots to riches

Fri, 2014-08-29 18:39

Taking a journey through the scientific life of a unique British institution, this book explores how the last 250 years have transformed our relationship with plants for good.

Kathy Willis, Kew’s Director of Science and presenter of the Radio 4 series, and Carolyn Fry, the acclaimed science writer, take the reader through 25 vivid chapters from the birth of modern botany right through to the modern day.