In Defense Of Nature's Most Unloved Plants

eBook - 2011
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Richard Mabey, Great Britain's "greatest living nature writer" (London Times), has written a stirring and passionate defense of nature's most unloved plants. Weeds is a fascinating, eye-opening, and vastly entertaining appreciation of the natural world's unappreciated wildflowers that will appeal to fans of David Attenborough, Robert Sullivan's Rats, Amy Stewart's Wicked Plants, and to armchair gardeners, horticulturists, green-thumbs, all those who stop to smell the flowers.
Publisher: [United States]:, Harper Collins Publishers ,, 2011
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ISBN: 9780062065476
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ArapahoeRachel Jan 25, 2017

The author has a clear love for the balance that nature keeps guiding us back to. Filled with interesting, historical tidbits about the geographic origin of our most well-known weeds. Enjoyable to the very end.

Jan 25, 2017

Not exactly a defense of weeds, but an enjoyable framework for deciding what you want to see as "noxious" (I'd put stilt-grass in that category) and what you'll take as "domesticated enough" (clover?). Looking at google images of the various plants helps.

Aug 09, 2016

An enjoyable reading. Interesting historical, geographical, literary anecdotes, the origin, transport and spread and at times uses of plants we call weeds. I missed some more illustrations. A good candidate for e-book format where you would click and search for the illustration of the specific plant.

Jul 20, 2011

This book is very "England-centric", and as such is not that pertinent to our region. The author uses common names almost exclusively throughout the text (although he does have a glossary) and they may differ from US vernacular weed names. Also, as he points out, Europe has not had much problem with rampant, aggressive weeds from elsewhere, while North America and Australia have had tremendous problems with introduced European weeds. That said, it does have its lyrical passages (but also not a few pedantic ones) to make the book worthwhile.


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