Even a diehard urbanite would likely be seduced by this extraordinary chronicle of the plant kingdom... " -Publishers Weekly... much more than the fascinating story of plant life... It is also a book about the resilience of life itself, the mystery and power of the unseen energy appearing in the visible world in a marvelous variety of forms." -Audubon Naturalist NewsHere is Mr. Peattie at his superb best.... [H]e makes the story of botany and its pursuit as fascinating to the reader as it is to him, and the reading of it a delight." -Hartford Times[Peattie] belongs with Gilbert White, Thoreau, John Burroughs, W. H. Hudson, Richard Jeffries, and John Muir." -Mark van DorenFirst published in 1939, this beautifully imaginative book is about botany much in the same sense that Walden is about a pond. Part natural history, part biography, and part philosophical reflection, Flowering Earth is written in a warm, lyrical style that made poet-scientist Donald Culross Peattie one of America's best-known naturalist writers.
- Paperback | 276 pages
- 140.2 x 203.5 x 19.8mm | 368.26g
- 22 Oct 1991
- Indiana University Press
- Bloomington, IN, United States
Table of contents
ForewordI. On Striking Your RootsII. On Branching OutIII. Chlorophyll: the Sun TrapIV. What a Plant IsV. Protoplasm-the Body of LifeVI. The Seeds of LifeVII. The First AlgasVIII. The SeaweedsIX. The Fern ForestsX. Diatoms-Grass of the SeaXI. Conifers and CycadsXII. The Rise of the Modern FlorasXIII. A TransplantingXIV. A Garden AllianceXV. The Moment of FloweringXVI. The Sleep of the SeedXVII. GrowthXVIII. The Web of LifeAfterwordIndex