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How Flowers Have Sex and Other Secrets of Plants

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Seedlings Seedlings (Copyright: Anest/Shutterstock)

Frustrated by plants that fail to thrive, Ruth Kassinger set out to understand the basics of botany in order to become a better gardener. She learned that flowers have sex, leaves eat air, roots choose their food, and hormones make morning glories climb fence posts. She also discovered the science behind extraordinary plants like one-ton pumpkins, a truly black petunia, and a biofuel grass that grows 12 feet tall. Garden of Marvels: How We Discovered that Flowers Have Sex, Leaves Eat Air, and Other Secrets of Plants takes readers on an eye-opening journey into the garden.

Guests:

Ruth Kassinger

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Comments [1]

Fascinating interview! Thanks!

May. 21 2014 01:47 PM

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