The Reason for Flowers
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Cultural history at its best--the engaging, lively, and definitive story of the beauty, sexuality, ecology, myths, lore, and economics of the world's flowers, written by a passionately devoted author and scientist, and illustrated with his stunning photographs. Flowers, and the fruits that follow, feed, clothe, sustain, and inspire all humanity. They have done so since before recorded history. Flowers are used to celebrate all-important occasions, to express love, and are also the basis of global industries. Americans buy ten million flowers a day and perfumes are a worldwide industry worth $30 billion dollars annually. Yet, we know little about flowers, their origins, bizarre sex lives, or how humans relate and depend upon them. Stephen Buchmann takes us along on an exploratory journey of the roles flowers play in the production of our foods, spices, medicines, perfumes, while simultaneously bringing joy and health. Flowering plants continue to serve as inspiration in our myths and legends, in the fine and decorative arts, and in literary works of prose and poetry. Flowers seduce us--and animals, too--through their myriad shapes, colors, textures, and scents. And because of our extraordinary appetite for more unusual and beautiful "super flowers," plant breeders have created such unnatural blooms as blue roses and black petunias to cater to the human world of haute couture fashion. In so doing, the nectar and pollen vital to the bees, butterflies, and bats of the world, are being reduced. Buchmann explains the unfortunate consequences, and explores how to counter them by growing the right flowers. Here, he integrates fascinating stories about the many colorful personalities who populate the world of flowers, and the flowers and pollinators themselves, with a research-based narrative that illuminates just why there is, indeed, a Reason for Flowers.

Cultural history at its best—the engaging, lively, and definitive story of the beauty, sexuality, ecology, myths, lore, and economics of the world’s flowers, written by a passionately devoted author and scientist, and illustrated with his stunning photographs. Flowers, and the fruits that follow, feed, clothe, sustain, and inspire all humani-ty. They have done so since before recorded history. Flowers are used to cele-brate all-important occasions, to express love, and are also the basis of global industries. Americans buy ten million flowers a day and perfumes are a world-wide industry worth $30 billion dollars annually. Yet, we know little about flow-ers, their origins, bizarre sex lives, or how humans relate and depend upon them.

AuthorStephen Buchmann
BindingHardcover
EAN9781476755526
ISBN1476755523
Height900 mm
Length600 mm
Width110 mm
Weight134 g
LanguageEnglish
Language TypePublished
MPNchapter opener photos; part opener photo
Number Of Items1
Number Of Pages352
Package Quantity1
Part Numberchapter opener photos; part opener photo
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2015-09-09
PublisherSimon & Schuster
StudioSimon & Schuster
UPC884104747296
Sales Rank68950

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  • The author associated with The Reason for Flowers is Stephen Buchmann.
  • The EAN for The Reason for Flowers is 9781476755526.
  • The ISBN for The Reason for Flowers is 1476755523.
  • The height for The Reason for Flowers is 900 mm.
  • The length for The Reason for Flowers is 600 mm.
  • The width for The Reason for Flowers is 110 mm.
  • The weight for The Reason for Flowers is 134 g.
  • The language for The Reason for Flowers is English.
  • The MPN (Manufacturer's part number) for The Reason for Flowers is chapter opener photos; part opener photo.
  • The binding of The Reason for Flowers is Hardcover.
  • The number of items for The Reason for Flowers is 1.
  • The number of pages for The Reason for Flowers are 352.
  • The quantity for The Reason for Flowers in a package is 1.
  • The part number for The Reason for Flowers is chapter opener photos; part opener photo.
  • The Reason for Flowers is grouped in Book group of products.
  • The publication date for The Reason for Flowers is 2015-09-09.
  • The publisher for The Reason for Flowers is Simon & Schuster.
  • The producer for The Reason for Flowers is Simon & Schuster.
  • The UPC for The Reason for Flowers is 884104747296.
  • The sales rank for The Reason for Flowers is 68950.