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This book is an illustrated history of the human-plant interaction from prehistory to the present day complete with more than 200 beautiful and historical colour images, all collectors' edition reproductions from the world-class botany archives of the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Foreword author Peter H. Raven, one of the world's leading botanists and advocates of conservation and biodiversity, is president of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Described by Time magazine as a "Hero for the Planet," Raven champions research around the world to preserve endangered plants and is a leading advocate for conservation and a sustainable environment. Text author Catherine H. Howell is a freelance writer who has contributed to dozens of books including National Geographic's Book of Peoples of the World, Wonders of the Ancient World, and Expeditions Atlas.