memoir written by a female botanist. Short chapters on some aspect of plant life followed by longer chapter telling stories from her life that correlates somehow to the plant life chapter - her years growing up in the Midwest in an unemotional household, college, her early years as a college professor and setting up her research lab on a college campus, her friendship with her lab director - like a sibling, and becoming a mother herself which is the ultimate in creating life and nurturing it. Not too sciency but even with the loose format it seemed to drift a little. No real ending. I did like reading about how a research lab is started and funded.