Friday, July 09, 2010

An Evening of Wicked Plants!

Wicked Plants! The Deliciously Dark Side of the Plant Kingdom
Amy Stewart, Author
In her New York Times bestseller Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities (Algonquin Books, May 2009), Amy Stewart takes on Mother Nature's most appalling creations. It's an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend. Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend, Stewart presents tales of bloodcurdling botany that will entertain, alarm, and enlighten even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers. Find out which plant killed Abraham Lincoln's mother, which shrub ignited a global war, and what plant has killed 90 million people. From strychnine to castor bean, from poison sumac to monkshood, from carnivorous plants to weeds that spontaneously combust, Stewart introduces an unforgettable cast of characters and tells their tales with her own wicked sense of humor.

Join us in the Sterling Morton Library for a special talk by Amy Stewart on Wednesday evening, August 18, 2010. Prepare to be delighted by the wonders of the plant world, and stay for a book signing with the author after the talk.

August 18, 2010
Sterling Morton Library, 7-8:30 p.m.
The Morton Arboretum
Member Fee - $14.00
Non-member Fee - $21.00

Registration details for An Evening of Wicked Plants with Amy Stewart can be found at:

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