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.
Weeds: In Defense of Nature's Most Unloved Plants, Richard Mabey's new book, advocates an enthusiastic defense of weeds.
A stimulating sojourn with the world's most fascinating and ingenious plants, this is a book which all but demands an Internet connection while reading.
I was not expecting or wanting so much weed history and sociology, nor was I expecting the book to be so bloody British-centric.
I love this book!!! Beautifully written, lyrical, poetic, funny, delightful in every way. For EVERYONE who loves nature and gardening. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Elaine Creaden
Interesting. Most weeds not common in US but still interesting. Lots of history and use in art.Published 25 days ago by judith houser
It was allright for being more focused on English "weeds" rather than here in USA. Mabey pointed out some interesting history of plant migration and evolution. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kathy Cridge
It's a fun read but this is based upon experiences in England, however since weeds have been spread so universally by us it covers ones here in the US too. Read morePublished 8 months ago by C Terry
I really liked this book, so much so that I found myself talking about it at a party. For me, that is a serious compliment. Read morePublished 8 months ago by C. Grant
I am and have always been a fan of "weeds". I have studied herbalism, and and have used so called "weeds" and herbs for many things over the years. Read morePublished 9 months ago by K.Wagner
...with an underlying warning for contemporary chemical farming. It would have been nice to see more illustrations of the plants mentioned herein.Published 9 months ago by wanda
Interesting read, especially his contention that dealing with weeds is as close as most of us get to the wild..Published 9 months ago by Charles R. Woessner