I actually used to own this book! Back when I lived in London I had an annual pass to Kew Gardens and my friends bought me this perfect little companion one year as a birthday gift.
The book is laid out as if you’re visiting a museum. It starts with Chapter 1 “Entrance” followed by 7 different “Galleries” and ends in the "Library". It goes into great detail on plants; not just plants we see but also plants we eat, the science behind them such as why some are green and others aren’t, how some live in water and others in mid-air and SO much more.
It’s a very big, impressive-looking, hard-cover book. The fonts and layout are enough to wow you but the real highlight for me is the vintage style illustrations of the rarest and most unusual looking plant species, which are incredible!
I think there are two types of plant lovers who’ll enjoy this most: the science-y ones who want the history and facts (so so many facts in this book), and the coffee-table-book collectors who no doubt will want to show it off to visitors.
My copy of this book stayed in London after I left, a gift to my housemates who had a glass-shelved coffee table, the perfect spot to show off a beautiful book like this to their guests.
From Big Picture Press's Welcome to the Museum series, Botanicum is a stunningly curated guide to plant life.
With artwork from Katie Scott of Animalium fame, Botanicum gives readers the experience of a fascinating exhibition from the pages of a beautiful book.
From perennials to bulbs to tropical exotica, Botanicum is a wonderful feast of botanical knowledge complete with superb cross sections of how plants work.