As April 13th is International Plant Appreciation Day, it is the perfect time to let your love for the earth and plants to grow. In order to celebrate, it’s best to spend some time out in your garden or create one! Having a plant can have many wonders, including reducing stress and anxiety, help alleviate wounds, or increase focus. Enjoy a nice cup of tea while you read these books, and remember to water your plants!
1. The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
The Hidden Life of Trees explores the complexities of the beings of the forest, including how trees communicate, help and harm the creatures around them, and work together in a community. This book oversees the life cycle of trees that author Peter Wohlleben narrates through both a scientific and compassionate lens, ultimately relaying the message that a happy and healthy forest will benefit us all. There is also an illustrated version for visual readers!
2. The Overstory by Richard powers
The Overstory is a fictional story about how five trees impact the lives of Americans all over the nation and help unite them in order to confront the destruction of forests. Many readers felt very connected to nature after experiencing this book, from even the simple act of planting a tree in their backyard.
3. Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures by merlin sheldrake
Although it is not considered a plant (or animal!), Fungi have a great impact on our earth and ecosystem. Entangled Life explores the world of Fungi and their many functions, from giving food to manipulating the mind of animals and humans. Although they are one of the most populous species on earth, there is a lot to be discovered – author Merlin Sheldrake reports that there are over ninety percent of species that have yet to be undocumented.
4. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants by robin wall kimmerer
This #ownvoices book from the indigenous botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer details the intertwining world of plants and animals, relating that they can be the oldest teachers nature has to offer. Braiding Sweetgrass drives the point that in order to become ecologically aware of our current earth, it Is important to understand how we relate and celebrate it. With this understanding, we can truly give back to the earth and foster a relationship waiting to grow.
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