In Defense of Plants

An Exploration into the Wonder of Plants (Plant Guide, Horticulture)

Matt Candeias author


Publisher:Mango Media

Published:23rd Mar '21


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Website: Unique visitation to the In Defense of Plants website count during 2020 was 605,805 3.8 impressions totaled Largest regional group is the US (64%), with additional audiences in Canada (5.5%), Australia (3.4%), the UK (2.7%), and India (2.1%) Instagram: 2,430 followers and growing each week by ~1.1% Largest regional group is the US (67%), with additional audiences in Canada (5.5%), Australia (3.4%), the UK (2.7%), and India (2.1%) Largest subscriber age group is 18-44 years old (83%) 66% of audience identify as Female, 34% identify as Male Spotify: Ended 2020 with 17,912 podcast followers Largest regional group is the US (45%), with additional audiences in Canada (4.9%), Australia (4.1%), the UK (3.7%), and New Zealand (1%) 92% of audiences identify between 18 - 44 years old 54% of audience identify as Female, 41% identify as Male, and 5% did not specify iTunes: 47,000 followers from unique devices Podcast totaling at 72,000 hours streamed in 2020 Largest regional group is the US (83%), with additional groups in Canada, the UK, and Australia Podcasts: The Native Plant Podcast (11/14/2017): “Matt Candeias of the In Defense of Plants podcast”!8dc10 Planted: Finding Your Roots in STEM Careers Season 2, Episode 5 (09/10/2019): “Communications with Matt Candeias” This Podcast Will Kill You Episode 63 (12/29/2020): “Communications with Matt Candeias” Drunk Uncle Redneck Episode 63 (03/02/2021): “A New Respect for Plants”  Aiming for The Moon Season 2, Episode 36 (03/05/2021): “Green Aliens from Earth: Dr. Matt Candeias (Host of the In Defense of Plants Podcast and Author of In Defense of Plants: An Exploration into the Wonder of Plants)” Regenerative Agriculture Sector Accelerator (RASA) (04/19/2021): “Matt Candeias - Plants Make a Living” Media Hits: ASPB Plant Science today: Insights and Perspectives on Plant Science (02/05/2016): “Behind the scenes with In Defense of Plants author Matt Candeias” Graduates in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (GEEB) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Cahmpaign (09/13/2019): “A Week in the Life - Matt Candeias”  Conservation Careers (08/24/2020): “A Champion of Plants - An interview with Matt Candeias, Botanist and Creator of the In Defense of Plants Podcast”  Botany One (04/03/2021): “In celebration of plants” 

The Study of Plants in a Whole New Light

“Matt Candeias succeeds in evoking the wonder of plants with wit and wisdom.” ―James T. Costa, PhD, executive director, Highlands Biological Station and author of Darwin's Backyard

#1 New Release in Nature & Ecology, Plants, Botany, Horticulture, Trees, Biological Sciences, and Nature Writing & Essays

In his debut book, internationally-recognized blogger and podcaster Matt Candeias celebrates the nature of plants and the extraordinary world of plant organisms.

A botanist’s defense. Since his early days of plant restoration, this amateur plant scientist has been enchanted with flora and the greater environmental ecology of the planet. Now, he looks at the study of plants through the lens of his ever-growing houseplant collection. Using gardening, houseplants, and examples of plants around you, In Defense of Plants changes your relationship with the world from the comfort of your windowsill.

The ruthless, horny, and wonderful nature of plants. Understand how plants evolve and live on Earth with a never-before-seen look into their daily drama. Inside, Candeias explores the incredible ways plants live, fight, and conquer new territory. Whether a blossoming botanist or a professional plant scientist, In Defense of Plants is for anyone who sees plants as more than just static backdrops to more charismatic life forms.

In this easily accessible introduction to the incredible world of plants, you’ll find:

  • Fantastic botanical histories and plant symbolism
  • Passionate stories of flora diversity and scientific names of plant organisms
  • Personal tales of plantsman discovery through the study of plants

If you enjoyed books like The Botany of DesireWhat a Plant Knows, or The Soul of an Octopus, then you’ll love In Defense of Plants.

“Plants are bulwarks against climate change and the devastating tsunami of the Anthropocene. In his new book, Matt has produced a Bildungsroman mapping not just his journey, but that so many of us have taken to redefine the dynamic of Plant, People and Planet. It’s an irresistible read.” —Panayoti Kelaidis, senior curator and director of outreach at Denver Botanic Gardens “For many of us, plants serve as a kind of quiet backdrop to the world's more compelling biological dramas. Ecologist Matt Candeia shows just how much we're missing. With wonder and an infectious enthusiasm, he takes readers on a thrilling botanical journey. His book is not merely an impassioned defense of plants, but a full-throated celebration of them.” —Eric Wagner, author of After the Blast: The Ecological Recovery of Mount St. Helens “...the whole adventure this vibrant book offers is illuminated by the author’s own eyes-wide-open sense of wonder at the exquisite beauty and stimulating complexity of the natural world.” —Paddy Woodworth, author of Our Once and Future Planet, University of Chicago Press “Through his curiosity and intense passion for the natural world, Matt Candeias has neatly constructed in this book a condensation of what it feels to be the consummate plantsperson. Through this writing, as well as through his weekly podcasts, I find myself absorbed by his veneration for the magic and majesty of the floral kingdom in a manner so few are so able to achieve.” —Daniel J Hinkley, director emeritus of the Heronswood Garden “[In Defense of Plants] does a masterful job of bringing in a variety of important and fascinating ecological topics from restoration to biodiversity, and even gets into the weeds on issues such as pollination ecology, mycorrhiza, and plant-animal interactions.” —Dennis Whigham, senior botanist and founding director of the North American Orchid Conservation Center “A wonderfully eloquent defense of our fine botanical friends, indeed—authoritative, compelling, and passionate, Matt Candeias succeeds in evoking the wonder of plants with wit and wisdom.” —James T. Costa, PhD, executive director of the Highlands Biological Station and author of Darwin's Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory “This book is an unapologetic celebration of the wonder of plants. And, no matter how many books about plants I’ve read, there were lots of facts that were new to me in Candeias’ book.” —Botany One

ISBN: 9781642504538

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280 pages