The Secret Life Of Plants, 1973


I've been feeling a tugging sensation in my heart to spend more time with plants lately, literally and figuratively: learning about them, studying gardens and landscaping, digging into resources old and new. Today I stopped by my favorite used bookstore and happened upon an actual treasure from 1973, an original hardcover copy of The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins & Christopher Bird. It's a little beat up on the outside, but I practically squealed when I found it hiding in the shelves! The cover illustration is so curious, and the supplemental flower designs throughout have won me over. I've done some brief research, and apparently this beaut is a bit of a controversial read, albeit interesting, and I can't wait to dive in. I'll be sure to circle back when I've read it. Until then, enjoy some snaps I took of the botanical illustrations and designs from the interior! 

 Title page design

Pictured left: the title page design of The Secret Life of Plants. Pictured right: the artwork that is used to separate each part. Reminds me of a book plate! 

I'm so in love with the simple little botanical illustrations that introduce each chapter. Aren't they the sweetest? I believe each chapter has a unique design - incredible attention to detail. (The copyright page notes that the book is designed by Gloria Adelson.)

And from the back cover:

Plants are the only living creatures able to produce their own food. Grasses are the greatest single source of wealth on earth. All flesh is grass—even coal and petroleum are plant life of the past. Recent experiments in communication with plants indicate, as Paracelsus and Mesmer foretold, that all living things—man, plants, earth, planets and stars—are interconnected: what affects one affects them all.
— The Secret Life of Plants, 1973