Waking Up in Eden: In Pursuit of an Impassioned Life on an Imperiled Island

Waking Up in Eden: In Pursuit of an Impassioned Life on an Imperiled Island

Lucinda Fleeson

Like such a lot of people, Lucinda Fleeson desired to break out what had develop into a regimen lifestyles. So, she hand over her big-city activity, offered her suburban apartment, and moved midway internationally to the island of Kauai to paintings on the nationwide Tropical Botanical backyard. think a one-hundred-acre backyard property nestled amid ocean cliffs, rain forests, and secluded coves. unique and gorgeous, sure, yet as Fleeson awakens to this sensual global, exploring the island's nutrients, shorelines, and heritage, she encounters an endangered paradise―the Hawaii we do not see within the vacationer brochures.

Native crops are demise at an superb rate―Hawaii is named the Extinction Capital of the World―and invasive species (plants, animals, and people) have imperiled this backyard of Eden. Fleeson accompanies a plant hunter into the rain woodland to discover the final of a demise species, descends into limestone caves with a paleontologist who deconstructs island background via fossil existence, and shadows a botanical pioneer who propagates infrequent seeds, hoping to reclaim the panorama. Her grown-up event is a reminder of the price of selecting ardour over defense, individuality over conference, and the urgent have to defend the earth. And as she witnesses the island's plant renewal efforts, she sees her personal existence blossom again.

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