Ranter to Speak on 'Wicked Plants'

Amy Stewart
Amy Stewart

Amy Stewart, part of the team at Garden Rant and author of the bestselling Flower Confidential, will be talking about her new book, Wicked Plants: A Book of Botanical Atrocities at the College of St. Catherine, Jeanne d’Arc Auditorium, Thursday, May 7, beginning at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Minnesota State Horticultural Society.

Stewart is one of the liveliest, snarkiest (in the best sense of the word), most entertaining garden writers around. Wicked Plants is a combination of botanical information and a natural history about many of the poison plants grown in gardens. The book is described as:

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.

The program is Stewart’s only public appearance in Minnesota. It costs $25 for MSHS members, $35 for nonmembers and includes a reception and book signing. For plant nerds, history fans and those who love the ghoulish and gory, it should be a great event. If you are interested, register with MSHS.

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