As Heard on The Daily Gardener Podcast:
Conroy's book is about the real life of Dr Ernst Dieffenbach who died on this day in 1855. Dieffenbach was a scientist, explorer, a loner, a revolutionary, and an outcast. Gardeners will recognize the name Dieffenbach because the dumb cane, or Dieffenbachia, is named in honor of Dieffenbach.
Dieffenbach was part of the New Zealand Company’s 1839 colonial expedition. Once in New Zealand, Dieffenbach predicted how colonization would impact the country.
The cover of this book, The Naturalist, is one of my personal favorites. It looks marvelous on a table beside the couch or on a bedside table; plus the story of Dieffenbach will stay with you; it's both beautiful and sad.
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