It’s an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend. You’ll learn which plants to avoid (like exploding shrubs)Wait, hold up – exploding shrubs? Seriously? This is something us landscape designers should have been notified about in horticulture school. The blurb goes on to call the botanical drawings “menacing” and “splendidly ghastly”. Surprisingly, we don’t have to wait till Halloween for it; it’s getting released in May. I’ve already pre-ordered my copy, so you can expect a review here soon after release. I can’t wait to read more about my favorite toxic beauty, Ricinus communis, the lush and tropical-looking Castor Bean.
Update 1/8/09 – Amy just posted more about the making of this movie over on Garden Rant. Check it out! Amy Stewart is one of my very favorite garden writers. I mean, who wouldn’t love someone who wrote a WHOLE BOOK about earthworms, and managed to make it good, too? Then Flower Confidential: all the inside dirt on the cut flower industry wrapped in one dustcover. I kept finding I was holding my breath while reading – one thinks of the horticultural world as being manned by pleasant elderly ladies with a strong grip and a fantastic recommendation for a Hardy Geranium – I just didn’t expect all the intrigue and drama, though I should have after reading that book on orchids that was so popular a few years back. Anyway, when I heard the title of Amy’s latest book I got super excited – Wicked Plants. From the Amazon blurb: