An adventurous, wide-sweeping and versatile book on the curiosities and wonders of plant-life and our involvement with nature. It counts both as a textbook and an informative source for a wide-ranging readership; a resource for plant science and wildflowers, hiking and botanizing, art-work, biodiversity, education and life-style.
It is packed with information on botanical science, ecological and environmental factors, artistic appreciation and philosophical reflection, providing a more holistic view of nature. A comprehensive bibliography opens up a world of research for those who wish to study further.
The text is supported by lots of fine images, diagrams, tables, even a few catchphrases and poems. The book was inspired by the natural beauty, spatial positioning and harmony seen in plant communities. It provides a framework of understanding and engenders a critical, questioning mind with which to approach biodiversity and climate change.
Edward Bent, writer and educator, has a degree in botany from the University of Hull. He has extensive experience, from research to marketing and promotion. After his teaching experience in East Africa and as a qualified teacher in the UK, he became a founder director of the plant breeding company, Floranova Ltd, UK. After transferring to Italy, he became a self-employed professional providing consultancy work and as a writer, many feature articles were published in leading publications of the trade press, internationally. Also, by two publishers In Italy, a series of books on garden plants, the use of bioactive silicon in agriculture, and plant biodiversity. For years, he was engaged to promote the international status of the Miflor (Fiera Milano) trade exhibition. He also organized inward and outward trade and professional missions in Europe and China. After producing a series of botanical art compositions, exploring spatial relationships in plant communities, he was inspired to research and write this book, reflecting his understanding of plants and the ways of nature. He currently resides in Bergamo, Italy.
"A unique and intriguing book with plenty to offer the botanist, naturalist or anyone with an interest in nature and conservation. Thought provoking"
– David Swales, BSc, MBNA British Naturalists Association
"The richness of plant-life is often overlooked, leading to what experts call 'plant blindness'. This is exactly what this book overcomes. It examines many aspects of plant science and offers fascinating links to other disciplines"
– Dr. Luciana Zedda, activist in biodiversity projects – design, implementation and education
"A wonderful reference book as an insight into the marvels and complexities of nature"
– Mary Bartlett, MA, FLS. horticulturalist, gardener and teacher
"A guide to a different engagement with nature, to better appreciate the message it has for us, its whole life and identity"
– Philip Franses, former senior lecturer in holistic science
"I often lead walks and will be using the information in this book on all future walks. A fascinating and exceptional book"
– Roy Stewart. MSc, FIBMS, FLS, FRSB, MBNA British Naturalists Association, former university lecturer
"A truly remarkable journey through the vast insights provided. I found myself surrounded by new, exciting pieces of information and ideas that had never crossed my mind. I see this book as a tool to step back from the overwhelming spew of data to bridge the elegance and profound simplicity, yet complexity, of the natural world and how it all ties back to our own existence and understanding of self, science, and life. It is truly remarkable how much thought and insight are captured within these pages."
– Wendy L. Zellner Ph.D., Zellner’s Research Solutions, LLC, and University of Toledo, USA