Mar 07 2014

A Garden of Marvels: How We Discovered That Flowers Have Sex, Leaves Eat Air, and Other Secrets of Plants

While much has been known about human and animal physiology for centuries, the study of plants, or botany, is actually a relatively new field. Plants and trees are a mystery to us. They don’t really move except in the wind, they don’t have mouths to eat and we don’t actually see them eat. They reproduce in mysterious ways, quite unlike animals. And yet, they are the basis of all animal life on the planet.

Now, author – and gardener – Ruth Kassinger, has a new book tracing the history of botany and making it accessible to anyone who wants to understand not just their own house plants, or backyard vegetables, but even larger questions of ecology and the environment. Her book is called A Garden of Marvels: How We Discovered That Flowers Have Sex, Leaves Eat Air, and Other Secrets of Plants. Her earlier book is called Paradise Under Glass.

GUEST: Ruth Kassinger, author of A Garden of Marvels: How We Discovered That Flowers Have Sex, Leaves Eat Air, and Other Secrets of Plants

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