ACCOUNT :  NEWSLETTERS & SURVEYS
Cart 0 Item(s):$0.00 Checkout >

Add to Cart

Price: $14.28

Quantity:
Need help Placing an order?

Cart Summary
   Your shopping cart is empty.  

See Larger Image

WEEDS: IN DEFENSE OF NATURE'S MOST PLANTS

by Richard Mabey
Item # 5475

Format: Hardcover  

ISBN: 9780062065452

Pages: 336

Copyright Year: 2011

Availability: Usually ships within 24 to 48 hours unless otherwise noted in the product description.


CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $25.99 AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

From dandelions to crabgrass, stinging nettles to poison ivy, weeds are familiar, pervasive, widely despised and seemingly invincible. How did they come to be the villains of the natural world? And why can the same plant be considered beautiful in some places but be deemed a menace in others?

In Weeds, renowned nature writer Richard Mabey embarks on an engaging journey with the verve and historical breadth of Michael Pollan. Weaving together the insights of botanists, gardeners, artists and writers with his own travels and lifelong fascination, Mabey shows how these "botanical thugs" can destroy ecosystems but also can restore war zones and derelict cities; he reveals how weeds have been portrayed, from the "thorns and thistles" of Genesis to Shakespeare, Walden and Invasion of the Body Snatchers; and he explains how kudzu overtook the American South, how poppies sprang up in First World War I battlefields, and how "American weed" replaced the forests of Vietnam ravaged by Agent Orange.

Hailed as "a profound and sympathetic meditation on weeds in relation to human beings" (Sunday Times), Weeds shows how useful these unloved plants can be, from serving as the first crops and medicines, to burdock inspiring the invention of Velcro, to cow parsley becoming the latest fashionable wedding adornment. Mabey argues that we have caused plants to become weeds through our reckless treatment of the earth, and he delivers a provocative defense of the plants we love to hate.


Customers who bought this also bought:

HOMEGROWN VEGETABLES, FRUITS AND HERBS  by  Jim Wilson



Look for similar items by subject:

Books > Gardening

Clearance Sale