Weeds: In Defense of Nature's Most Unloved Plants

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9780062065452: Weeds: In Defense of Nature's Most Unloved Plants

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The true story--and true glories--of the plants we love to hate

From dandelions to crabgrass, stinging nettles to poison ivy, weeds are familiar, pervasive, widely despised, and seemingly invincible. How did they come to be the villains of the natural world? And why can the same plant be considered beautiful in some places but be deemed a menace in others?

In Weeds, renowned nature writer Richard Mabey embarks on an engaging journey with the verve and historical breadth of Michael Pollan. Weaving together the insights of botanists, gardeners, artists, and writers with his own travels and lifelong fascination, Mabey shows how these "botanical thugs" can destroy ecosystems but also can restore war zones and derelict cities; he reveals how weeds have been portrayed, from the "thorns and thistles" of Genesis to Shakespeare, Walden, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers; and he explains how kudzu overtook the American South, how poppies sprang up in First World War battlefields, and how "American weed" replaced the forests of Vietnam ravaged by Agent Orange.

Hailed as "a profound and sympathetic meditation on weeds in relation to human beings" (Sunday Times), Weeds shows how useful these unloved plants can be, from serving as the first crops and medicines, to bur-dock inspiring the invention of Velcro, to cow parsley becoming the latest fashionable wedding adornment. Mabey argues that we have caused plants to become weeds through our reckless treatment of the earth, and he delivers a provocative defense of the plants we love to hate.

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Enraptured, visionary, witty and erudite. . . . As Mabey points out, these plants. . . deserve a measure of respect. --Sunday Telegraph

Mabey writes about weeds with the confident affection of someone discussing old friends. . . . [A] celebration of the vexed coupling between mankind and plantlife. --The Observer

Refreshing, droll, politically alert, occasionally self-mocking, he has the enviable ability both to write historical overview and also to slip into the woods like a dryad, bringing us back to the trees themselves, their colours and lights and textures. --The Guardian

Mabey has the heart of a Romantic poet, kept in order by a botanist s learning and an archivist s diligence. --The Observer

Mabey s writing is as brilliant in its minutely observed detail as in its broad sweeps. --Financial Times

Mabey is to botany what Elizabeth David is to cookery - a lyrical inspirer of enthusiasm and interest. --Daily Mail (London)

A profound and sympathetic meditation on weeds. . . . Illuminating. . . . Mabey is as well versed in the literature of weeds as in the botany, richly weaving his own observations with the words of others: Shakespeare on nettles; Ruskin on poppies; Thoreau on brambles. --Sunday Times (London)

Like Seamus Heaney, [he] is one of those writers whose language is pressed very close to the world. --Scotland on Sunday

Richard Mabey is a man for all seasons... and every kind of landscape. --Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate of the UK

Mabey [is] the eminence grise of contemporary nature writing. . . . In "Weeds", he has written a memorable hymn to the marginal. --The Guardian

"Mabey is to botany what Elizabeth David is to cookery - a lyrical inspirer of enthusiasm and interest."--Daily Mail (London)

"Mabey [is] the eminence grise of contemporary nature writing. . . . In "Weeds", he has written a memorable hymn to the marginal."--The Guardian

"Enraptured, visionary, witty and erudite. . . . As Mabey points out, these plants. . . deserve a measure of respect."--Sunday Telegraph

"Mabey's writing is as brilliant in its minutely observed detail as in its broad sweeps."--Financial Times

"Like Seamus Heaney, [he] is one of those writers whose language is pressed very close to the world."--Scotland on Sunday

"A profound and sympathetic meditation on weeds. . . . Illuminating. . . . Mabey is as well versed in the literature of weeds as in the botany, richly weaving his own observations with the words of others: Shakespeare on nettles; Ruskin on poppies; Thoreau on brambles."--Sunday Times (London)

"Refreshing, droll, politically alert, occasionally self-mocking, he has the enviable ability both to write historical overview and also to slip into the woods like a dryad, bringing us back to the trees themselves, their colours and lights and textures."--The Guardian

"Mabey writes about weeds with the confident affection of someone discussing old friends. . . . [A] celebration of the vexed coupling between mankind and plantlife."--The Observer

"Richard Mabey is a man for all seasons... and every kind of landscape."--Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate of the UK

"Mabey has the heart of a Romantic poet, kept in order by a botanist's learning and an archivist's diligence."--The Observer

"A lively [and] fascinating tale of history and botany.... Mabey deftly argues that the world's most unloved plants deserve our fascination and respect."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Excellent. . . . He tracks humanity's ongoing tussle with weeds, all in prose that delights at every turn."--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Outstanding. . . . An engrossing and captivating exploration of the tenacious, often beautiful, sometimes destructive, plants we designate as weeds."--Shelf Awareness

"Entertaining. . . . [A] sprightly journey through horticultural history."--Wall Street Journal

"Weeds are often described as plants in the wrong place. In fact, explains Richard Mabey in this delightful and casually learned book, they are in precisely the right place for themselves: next to us."--The Economist

"With a mixture of dry wit and serious science, Mabey's provocative book . . . suggests an alliance with weeds--the plants that may save us in a time of global warming."--Booklist

"A readable, wide-ranging, carefully documented, and personal look at a group of plants not often written about in a sympathetic manner. Recommended."--Library Journal

"Captivating. . . . Mabey is a comprehensive guide who wears his learning as lightly as a dandelion seedhead. There's no fluff here, though, only fascinating fodder for thought."--BookPage, Lifestyle Column Top Pick

"Enlightening. . . . After reading this book, you'll look down at the ground with more interest and appreciation--and think twice before pulling something out."--New York Journal of Books

"A jaunty chronicle of botany and history that ventures from the first farm fields of Mesopotamia to the broken asphalt of our modern cities."--Charleston Post & Courier

"As witty and lively as it is comprehensive. . . . A stimulating sojourn with the world's most fascinating and ingenious plants."--Portsmouth Herald

"Smart. . . . Mabey is at his best when he takes us along on his own weedy adventures."--Washington Post

"Weeds may seem a soft subject for a book. Not so in the hands of Richard Mabey.... Mabey's book... suggests that weeds may, in fact, have made civilization possible--and, with climate change, may keep the planet alive."--Financial Times

"A charming paean to plants sometimes ignored and often detested."--Science News

"A lyrical, wise, witty, intimate musing about garden outcasts--and about us, too."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Elegant and thoughtful. . . . I may not turn the mower aside when I encounter the next thistly, pod-bearing stem. But I will stop, stoop and take a closer look."--Dallas Morning News

"Wry and subtle. . . . Mabey argues without scolding, that at a time of great environmental change and uncertainty, weeds may soon be all we've got left."--New York Times Book Review

"Enchanting. . . . "Weeds" charms as much as it informs. . . . After reading this book, you will likely view the invaders in your own garden with a newfound respect; it's quite possible you'll find a bit of romance in them, too."--Barnes & Noble Review

"[W]onderful. . . . [P]resents a compelling case that weeds, the opportunists of the plant world, play a vital role in filling the empty spaces of the earth caused by natural disasters or human events."--Washington Independent Review of Books

"Fascinating. . . . [A] loving tribute to the common weed."--Associated Press

"Like Michael Pollan in "The Botany of Desire," Mabey shows that it is not at all clear here who is in charge, who has the moral high ground and who will survive long after the last weed has been pulled from the last over-tended suburban acre."--Los Angeles Times

Fascinating. . . . [A] loving tribute to the common weed. --Associated Press"

Entertaining. . . . [A] sprightly journey through horticultural history. --Wall Street Journal"

Wry and subtle. . . . Mabey argues without scolding, that at a time of great environmental change and uncertainty, weeds may soon be all we ve got left. --New York Times Book Review"

Smart. . . . Mabey is at his best when he takes us along on his own weedy adventures. --Washington Post"

Like Michael Pollan in The Botany of Desire, Mabey shows that it is not at all clear here who is in charge, who has the moral high ground and who will survive long after the last weed has been pulled from the last over-tended suburban acre. --Los Angeles Times"

Excellent. . . . He tracks humanity s ongoing tussle with weeds, all in prose that delights at every turn. --Cleveland Plain Dealer"

Elegant and thoughtful. . . . I may not turn the mower aside when I encounter the next thistly, pod-bearing stem. But I will stop, stoop and take a closer look. --Dallas Morning News"

A jaunty chronicle of botany and history that ventures from the first farm fields of Mesopotamia to the broken asphalt of our modern cities. --Charleston Post & Courier"

A lyrical, wise, witty, intimate musing about garden outcasts and about us, too. --Minneapolis Star Tribune"

As witty and lively as it is comprehensive. . . . A stimulating sojourn with the world s most fascinating and ingenious plants. --Portsmouth Herald"

Enchanting. . . . "Weeds" charms as much as it informs. . . . After reading this book, you will likely view the invaders in your own garden with a newfound respect; it s quite possible you ll find a bit of romance in them, too. --Barnes & Noble Review"

Weeds are often described as plants in the wrong place. In fact, explains Richard Mabey in this delightful and casually learned book, they are in precisely the right place for themselves: next to us. --The Economist"

Weeds may seem a soft subject for a book. Not so in the hands of Richard Mabey.... Mabey s book... suggests that weeds may, in fact, have made civilization possible and, with climate change, may keep the planet alive. --Financial Times"

Enlightening. . . . After reading this book, you ll look down at the ground with more interest and appreciation and think twice before pulling something out. --New York Journal of Books"

Captivating. . . . Mabey is a comprehensive guide who wears his learning as lightly as a dandelion seedhead. There s no fluff here, though, only fascinating fodder for thought. --BookPage, Lifestyle Column Top Pick"

A charming paean to plants sometimes ignored and often detested. --Science News"

[W]onderful. . . . [P]resents a compelling case that weeds, the opportunists of the plant world, play a vital role in filling the empty spaces of the earth caused by natural disasters or human events. --Washington Independent Review of Books"

Outstanding. . . . An engrossing and captivating exploration of the tenacious, often beautiful, sometimes destructive, plants we designate as weeds. --Shelf Awareness"

A lively [and] fascinating tale of history and botany.... Mabey deftly argues that the world s most unloved plants deserve our fascination and respect. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

A loving and lyrical tribute... Mabey s deft and spirited treatise on nature s supervillains will have readers remembering A.A. Milne s defense of weeds in "Winnie the Pooh" Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. --Kirkus Reviews"

With a mixture of dry wit and serious science, Mabey s provocative book . . . suggests an alliance with weeds the plants that may save us in a time of global warming. --Booklist"

A readable, wide-ranging, carefully documented, and personal look at a group of plants not often written about in a sympathetic manner. Recommended. --Library Journal"

Witty and beguiling... You will never look at a weed, or flourish a garden fork, in the same way again. --Richard Holmes, author of "The Age of Wonder""

Mabey s personal, historical, and cultural viewpoint converts weeds into intellectually stunning wild flowers! --Bill Streever, author of "Cold""

Fascinating [and] richly detailed... Weeds, Mabey makes clear, are a reflection of our own culture perhaps, our own weediness. --Carl Zimmer, author of "Evolution""

"Enchanting. . . . Weeds charms as much as it informs. . . . After reading this book, you will likely view the invaders in your own garden with a newfound respect; it's quite possible you'll find a bit of romance in them, too."--Barnes & Noble Review

"A loving and lyrical tribute... Mabey's deft and spirited treatise on nature's supervillains will have readers remembering A.A. Milne's defense of weeds in Winnie the Pooh 'Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.'"--Kirkus Reviews

"Witty and beguiling... You will never look at a weed, or flourish a garden fork, in the same way again."--Richard Holmes, author of The Age of Wonder

"Mabey's personal, historical, and cultural viewpoint converts weeds into intellectually stunning wild flowers!"--Bill Streever, author of Cold

"Fascinating [and] richly detailed... Weeds, Mabey makes clear, are a reflection of our own culture--perhaps, our own weediness."--Carl Zimmer, author of Evolution

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