A beautifully produced, richly illustrated National Geographic Society book
www.nationalgeographic.com/books has arrived for review.
Author, Catherine Herbert Howell writes engagingly,
drawing the reader into the fascinating world of plants that have influenced every aspect of our existence from prehistory to the present-day.
Sweet figs and dates to aromatic herbs and tangy citrus,
the grains, grapes, sugarcane and coffee that nourish the body,
to sumptuous flowers that feed the soul,
mind-altering opium poppies, and medicinal discoveries:
Flora Mirabilis draws attention to more than two dozen plants
in a journey through time.
Cultural myths are illuminated, and adventurous explorers come to the fore,
to reveal historical, social, and scientific advances.
Drawn from the archives of the Missouri Botanical Garden Library,
the book's magnificent botanical images
will be savored by garden, art and nature lovers.
Postscript - I received the following comment:
"I'm a little fuzzy about the phrase "arrived for review". Does it mean that you received compensation
in the form of a free book in exchange for an unbiased review. If so, you should clearly disclose this information."
If my phrasing is unclear, then I hasten to add, I was given a copy of the book.
It merited a recommendation, and so I chose to review it.