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Book Discussion Group

Date: Monday, June 16, 2014

Time: 4:00PM - 5:30PM

Instructor: Betsy Green

Location: Blaksley Library

image of book cover for "Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanic Atrocities" by Amy StewartThe book selected for this meeting is Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanic Atrocities  by Amy Stewart

A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. In Wicked Plants, Stewart takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations. It’s an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend. You’ll learn which plants to avoid (like exploding shrubs), which plants make themselves exceedingly unwelcome (like the vine that ate the South), and which ones have been killing for centuries (like the weed that killed Abraham Lincoln's mother). 

Menacing botanical illustrations and splendidly ghastly drawings create a fascinating portrait of the evildoers that may be lurking in your own backyard. Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend, this compendium of bloodcurdling botany will entertain, alarm, and enlighten even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers.

The group meets on the 3rd Monday of each month from 4-5:30pm

Questions? Contact Betsy Green