It all started with the death of a kumquat tree. Author Ruth Kassinger tried everything she could think of, but the little tree in her conservatory still died. While many would have simply thrown the dead tree into the compost pile, Kassinger decided to embark on a scientific and historical journey through the world of plants and the people who have studied them. Although she began her explorations with a practical knowledge of gardening, she quickly realized that she knew little of plant physiology, or how the various organs of a plant work together to form a living system. And so she set about educating herself on these topics, as well as the history of their investigation, and chronicles her explorations in A Garden of Marvels: How We Discovered That Flowers Have Sex, Leaves Eat Air, and Other Secrets of Plants. Her aim was to become a better gardener, but her knack for storytelling ...
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