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Plant Conservation: Why It Matters and How It Works

by Timber Press on January 17, 2014

in Design, Gardening

What on Earth have plants been doing for us? Everything! It’s true, humans would not exist without plants. “Plants have always been, and always will be, the only renewable, sustainable supply of all our needs,” writes Timothy Walker, author of Plant Conservation: Why It Matters and How It Works.

It’s tempting to think of plants as self-sufficient, but like all living things, they are part of larger, often fragile, natural systems. And while we may wax romantic about whales and polar bears, our efforts to conserve the natural world should begin with plants. Plant Conservation explains why it matters and how it works.


walker_t-sTimothy Walker has been director of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden since 1988. He studied botany at Oxford and was awarded a Master of Horticulture by the RHS. Walker is a member of the group of conservation biologists helping to develop the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation and has lectured widely to the public, nationally and regionally.



Plant Conservation treats a critical topic in an accessible and optimistic way. It is required reading for students, professionals, and anyone with a keen interest in the importance of plants.

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1 Benjamin Vogt January 23, 2014 at 11:03 am

Looks like a great read!

2 Brian Ridder January 23, 2014 at 7:09 pm

As well as being a great cause. Thanks for the comment, Benjamin.

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