A Gardener's Botany
by Sara B. Stein
knows what has to be done, but she has also shown a new way to do it.
Think of the author as a sort of jujitsu gardener; in her hands the very
strengths of weeds are turned to her advantage."New York
Times Book Review
"In this manual cum philosophical treatise, Stein discloses an amazing
amount of information, from anatomy to propagation, about more than 100
species of North American weeds."Washington Post Book
From the author of the native gardening classic Noahs Garden:
Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Backyard comes My Weeds, a
foray into the secret and fascinating lives of the worlds most hated
By asking of the common weed, "What kind of plant is this? How does
it behave? What is it up to in my garden? Can I thwart its plans?"
Stein shows how a thorough understanding of the enemy is the gardeners
best defense. Incredibly adaptive, weeds are also good teachers, and Stein
shows us what they tell us about our gardens and the lives of all plants.
She entertains with tales of famousand notoriousweeds of the
world, compares weeding tools and methods, and discusses the uses of weeds.
Along the way, Stein also explains the intricate workings of photosynthesis,
plant anatomy and reproduction, evolution, and the laws of succession
by which nature tries to reclaim the land a gardener has disturbed.
First published in 1988, My Weeds was among the first generation
of books to advocate the use of native plants, and Steins discussions
of backyard ecology, pesticides, and the threat of exotic species were
as groundbreaking then as they are relevant today. A biography of the
plant worlds most maligned members and a fascinating primer of the
most useful aspects of plant biology and ecology, My Weeds is essential
reading even for the gardener who never leaves the armchair!
Sara B. Stein is the author of Noahs Garden: Restoring the Ecology
of Our Own Backyards and Planting Noahs Garden: Further Adventures
in Backyard Ecology.
June. 229pp. 6 X 9. 26 drawings, weed lists, index.0-8130-1739-4 Paper,