"For anyone who might have considered plants dull stuff, Mr. Magdalena delivers a thrilling and inspirational account of adventures in the botanical world."
The Wall Street Journal
“Carlos is an inspiration to me. He’s the perfect spokesperson for the plants of the world.”
Jane Goodall, primatologist and UN Messenger of Peace
Il Messia delle Piante is the inspirational story of a man on a mission to defend the miraculous diversity of the planet and bring plants from all over the world back from the brink of extinction.
Carlos Magdalena has devoted, and risked, his life in the name of biodiversity, with the profound and admirable conviction that each of us can really make this Earth a greener and happier place.
In this autobiography that has the grip and pace of an adventure novel, Magdalena tells stories about his exploits to save rare and exotic species, travelling to the most remote and dangerous parts of the world. But he also talks about his work back in the Tropical Nursery at Kew and his pioneering, left-field techniques to help species propagate and prosper, and also about the way in which plants are an inexhaustible source of well-being for man.
Carlos Magdalena is Botanical Horticulturalist in the Tropical Nursery at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in London. He is also an International lecturer and chairman of the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society.