Fri February 12, 2010
Author Amy Stewart and Wicked Plants
A new book about plants that kill, wound, and intoxicate... from exploding shrubs, to the vine that ate the South, and the weed that killed Abraham Lincoln's mother.
When you think of plants, do you think of dangerous killers? That's exactly what author Amy Stewart thought when she penned Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities.
Stewart talks about the plants that kill, wound, and intoxicate... from exploding shrubs, to the vine that ate the South, and the weed that killed Abraham Lincoln's mother.
We also discuss the book's educational, historical, and entertaining aspects, and how long it took Stewart to pull all the elements together from researching, to drafting, and the botanical illustrations that teach us what sinister malevolence may be skulking in our own backyards.
You can find Amy Stewart's website here.
Amy Stewart is the author Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers, and of The Earth Moved, which won the 2005 California Horticultural Society's Writer's Award, and From the Ground Up. Her essays and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Garden Design, Organic Gardening, and elsewhere. She has been featured on NPR, Good Morning America, and CBS Sunday Morning. She lectures throughout the country and lives in Eureka, California.