Lessons from Plants by Beronda L. Montgomery

Book: Lessons from Plants

Author: Beronda L. Montgomery

Genre: Nonfiction; Botany; Ecology

Publisher: Dreamscape Media

Publication Date: September 14, 2021

Format: audiobook

Length: 4 hours, 8 minutes

This nonfiction book explores adaptations and survival strategies of plants at both an individual and community level, then relates those concepts back to the human world. A few sections I enjoyed were the introduction when the author talked about her early experiences with plants, the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster as it relates to trees and pioneer plants, and the three sisters planting system.

I thought it was a nice touch that each chapter begins with a quote from another botanical/ecological writer like Hope Jahren or Robin Wall Kimmerer.

Fair warning, this is not botany for beginners. Beronda L. Montgomery is a  college professor at Michigan State University and is also a member of the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory. The book often reads like a lecture or textbook complete with technical terms and complex concepts. I was able to pick up on most of it, but I have both educational and work experience with plants and ecology.

Thank you to NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for an Advanced Reader Copy audiobook.

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