"Del Tredici approaches his subject with a scientist's eye for detail, yet makes it very readable. His book honors 158 herbs that manage to flourish in wayward places. . . . Del Tredici introduces these innovative species as immigrants with histories of their own, adapting to roadsides and abandoned lots. Even pushy plants do have virtues, assisting with oxygen production, carbon storage, temperature reduction, erosion control, and wildlife food and habitat."—American Herb Association Quarterly (July 2011)
"Del Tredici's book will be a great resource for those working on greening our industrial landscapes . . . . I can envision creative park managers, urban planners, DIY urban restorationists, permaculture practitioners, neighborhood activists, and other running to this field guide to get ideas for free, readily available seed mixes for speeding up the greening of landfills, abandoned yards, decaying asphalt, and unused railroad lines."—Judy Kingsbury, Ecological Restoration (March/June 2011)
"Peter Del Tredici has written one of those rare books that completely overturns the way you look at the landscape—in this case, the landscape of the city's derelict cracks and corners, which in his hands becomes a place of unusual interest, value, and beauty. Though ostensibly a field guide, this book is much more than that—it offers a deep and wise reconsideration of our most cherished ideas about nature. You will never look at an 'invasive species' the same way again."—Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire and The Omnivore's Dilemma
"I grew up in the heart of the San Fernando Valley in the Los Angeles basin and developed an interest in plants while I was in high school. Unfortunately, I did not have a resource to identify and understand the naturalized and weedy plants of my environment. I would have found such a book a fabulous resource then and today and would certainly recommend it to those interesting in the magnificence of nature, yet living in urban environments. This is a great resource for urbanites to experience the fascination, complexity, and beauty of the plants that grow around them."—Joseph M. DiTomaso, coauthor of Weeds of the Northeast and author of Weeds of California and Other Western States and Aquatic and Riparian Weeds of the West
"Both experienced and novice users will find Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast to be an excellent tool for plant identification. Each species is presented with user-friendly descriptions and photographs of important vegetative structures as well as photographs of the species within the urban landscape. This work contains a thought provoking introduction to urban plant communities that will serve as an entry point for investigation by scholars and practitioners alike. To some, these species may stand as symptoms of environmental degradation, but Del Tredici documents the case that the urban plant community has been evolving since the first human civilizations and that it is part of a sustainable solution to vegetation management problems in the urban landscape. Recognition is the first step toward acceptance. Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast is the first field guide to acknowledge the urban plant community around us and it challenges us to judge the plants on their virtues rather than by their place of origin. This work will be the foundation for those who wish to evaluate plant communities by their function and sustainability rather than by nativity alone. We cannot go back and undo the edaphic changes and disturbance regimes that exist in our urban environments. Why should we? Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast will lead us forward."—Richard Uva, coauthor of Weeds of the Northeast
"Peter Del Tredici provides a unique perspective on the plants we find in our increasingly urbanized environment of the twenty-first century. Rather than dismissing the nonnative plant species that have been introduced into our city habitats, he portrays them as immigrants with a history and life of their own adapting to roadsides and abandoned parking lots. Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast is a must-read if we are to understand and appreciate the world's exotic biodiversity."—W. John Kress, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
Peter Del Tredici is Senior Research Scientist at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is author of A Giant Among the Dwarfs. He has been awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society
Steward T. A. Pickett is a Plant Ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
A must for weeds and wild plants urban and not. A great resource and easy to use id bookPublished 1 month ago by Pennington Marchael
I am cheerfully identifying the weeds all around me, noting what's edible and what's medicinal. A strange hobby perhaps, but Lamb's Quarters are available, free and delicious... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elizabeth L. Seaton Frankfort
Would b more useful if flowers were segregated by color for easier field IDPublished 8 months ago by martin nydick
Wonderful book. I'll never look at weeds the same way again. Now I have a name for each of them, and their history - where they came from and that most of them were used for... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Beautiful Things-Jeanne M.
This books gives good information but if you use it as a guide to using "native plants" in your landscape, you may find yourself including a lot of invasive species as the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by ESB