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Weeds in My Garden: Observations on Some Misunderstood Plants Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 30, 2003


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Weed warfare seems to occupy most of a gardener's time, yet these unrivaled adaptative champions of the plant world need not be the bane of one's existence. Some, like Hypericum perforatum, commonly known as St. John's Wort, are popularly believed to have medicinal applications, while others, like Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy), require medical attention instead. For good or ill, learning to appreciate these ubiquitous plants, if not in our gardens then at least in more appropriate habitats, is the premise of Heiser's work and the guiding force behind his lengthy career as a botanist. Profiling 140 weeds, Heiser first classifies them by botanic family, then briefly discusses their nomenclature before offering a concise, nontechnical description of their growth habits and background. Like the retired professor he is, Heiser's is a scholarly approach, at once erudite and entertaining. Although it is not meant to serve as a tool for weed identification, Heiser's guide helps us appreciate those commonplace plants we look at daily without ever really seeing. Carol Haggas
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For anyone interested in weeds as plants. -- The Bookseller, January 2003 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (April 30, 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0881925624
  • ASIN: B000I0RTDI
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,346,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A Triano VINE VOICE on July 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Ultimately I found this book to be frustrating. The premise sounded great: plant professor talks about the weeds he's known over the many years with university garden fields. "Weeds" is an interesting class of vegetation that is finally getting some much-needed attention, from folklore to foraging. I would however rather recommend such books as Weeds of the Northeast (Comstock books), the unfortunately out of print The Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac Book: A Short Natural History and Cautionary Account, and The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants. The first is useful for field identification; the second is not only educational but kind of fun to read as well; and the third is a readable and well illustrated ID guide and quasi-cookbook, although I haven't used it as much yet as the others, but it came highly recommended from some foragers I respect.

This book however is more a compilation of rambles, where Professor Heiser does give specific botanical details but otherwise an inconsistent (and frustratingly incomplete) take on each plant. You can feel, through the text, a sense of entitlement to cover the material however he likes, because of his age and position -- there is not enough of a sense of remembering his audience.
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By D. Granahan on December 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love this book and the author's insights and reflections, I am very interested in weeds so I am a bit biased. Living in California ironically some of the weeds in this book are ornamentals in California.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lynda Ells on January 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is an interesting book about weeds. I personally would like more pictures but that was not the authors purpose in writing the book.
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