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“[A] witty and beguiling meditation on weeds and their wily ways….You will never look at a weed, or flourish a garden fork, in the same way again.”
—Richard Holmes, author of The Age of Wonder

“In this fascinating, richly detailed book, Richard Mabey gives weeds their full due.”
—Carl Zimmer, author of Evolution

Richard Mabey, Great Britains Britains “greatest living nature writer” (London Times), has written a stirring and passionate defense of natures most unloved plants.  Weeds is a fascinating, eye-opening, and vastly entertaining appreciation of the natural worlds unappreciated wildflowers that will appeal to fans of David Attenborough, Robert Sullivans Rats, Amy Stewarts Wicked Plants, and to armchair gardeners, horticulturists, green-thumbs, all those who stop to smell the flowers.

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Weeds are botanical thugs, but they have always been essential to our lives. They were the first crops and medicines and they inspired Velcro. They adorn weddings and foliate the most derelict urban sites. With the verve and historical breadth of Michael Pollan, acclaimed nature writer Richard Mabey delivers a provocative defense of the plants we love to hate.

About the Author

Richard Mabey is widely hailed as Britain's fore-most nature writer. He is the author of the groundbreaking book on foraging in the countryside Food for Free and the editor of The Oxford Book of Nature Writing. He has narrated and produced popular BBC television and radio series, and has written for the Guardian, Granta, and other publications. He lives in Norfolk, England.

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ISBN:
9780062065469
Subtitle:
In Defense of Nature's Most Unloved Plants
Author:
Mabey, Richard
Publisher:
Ecco
Subject:
General Gardening
Subject:
Nature Studies-Botany
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20120626
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 x 0.720721 in 10.4 oz

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