The Kingdom of Plants: The Diversity of Plants in Kew Gardens

Author(s): Will Benson


This book accompanies the landmark television series Kingdom of Plants 3D: With David Attenborough. In the last 500 million years, plants have undertaken an epic journey that has not only spanned the ages but has altered the very make-up of the planet. It was a journey that began in a dark and barren world, and has culminated in a planet that is draped in rich colours, and overflowing with a diversity of mystifying orchids, exploding seed pods and snapping carnivorous plants. But plants are far more than just beautiful and bizarre. Through the chapters of this book we uncover how plants first began to live on land, how they have become linked with a multitude of animal and fungi partners, and how ultimately they have shaped both landscapes and cultures. With an introduction by Professor Stephen Hopper, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, as well as contributions from leading botanists and horticulturists, this book unpicks the strands of our planet's network of botanical life. Through its pages we reveal the extraordinary ways in which plants have come to live and thrive in all habitats, and we discover how they can provide us with answers to many of the problems that face humanity in our modern age. For more information, please visit:


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Will Benson is a science researcher who has worked alongside leading academics and specialists in the production of documentaries for major broadcasters in the UK, US and around the world. An early interest in horticulture led him to work as a gardener, after which his passion for the natural world was bolstered further by his academic study, both at home and abroad. He holds a BSc in Zoology from the University of Southampton. David Attenborough is one of the world's leading naturalists and broadcasters. His distinguished career spans more than fifty years, and his multi-award winning films and series have been broadcast around the world.

General Fields

  • : 9780007463336
  • : HarperCollins Publishers
  • : Collins
  • : February 2012
  • : United Kingdom
  • : May 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Will Benson
  • : Hardback
  • : 580
  • : 256
  • : (200 colour photographs)