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Author Mabey, Richard, 1941-

Title Weeds : how vagabond plants gatecrashed civilisation and changed the way we think about nature / Richard Mabey
Edition Revised edition
Published London : Profile, 2010


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  632.5 Mab/Whv  AVAILABLE
Description xi, 324 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
regular print
Contents 1. Thoroughwort -- 2. Adonis -- 3. Knotgrass -- 4. Waybread -- 5. Self-heal -- 6. Love-in-idleness -- 7. Gallant-soldier -- 8. Burdock -- 9. Grelda -- 10. French Willow -- 11. Triffid -- 12. The Shoreditch Orchid -- Glossary of plant names
Summary "Weeds survive, entombed in the soil, for centuries. They are as persistent and pervasive as myths. They ride out ice ages, agricultural revolutions, global wars. They mark the tracks of human movements across continents as indelibly as languages. Yet to humans they are the scourge of our gardens, saboteurs of our best-laid plans. They rob crops of nourishment, ruin the exquisite visions of garden designers, and make unpleasant and impenetrable hiding places for urban ne'er-do-wells. Weeds can be destructive and troubling, but they can also be beautiful, and they are the prototypes of most of the plants that keep us alive. Humans have grappled with their paradox for thousands of years, and with characteristic verve and lyricism, Richard Mabey uncovers some of the deeper cultural reasons behind the attitudes we have to such a huge section of the plant world."--Publisher's website
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Horticulture -- Sociological aspects.
Weeds -- History.
ISBN 184668076X (hbk.)
1847652840 (ebook)
9781846680762 (hbk.)
9781847652843 (ebook)
Other Titles Weeds : the story of outlaw plants