Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast: A Field Guide (Paperback)

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Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast: A Field Guide (Paperback)

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"This wonderful book is as far as I know the only field guide to weeds. Yes, you read that right — those ubiquitous plants you rarely think twice about but which in fact make up most of the green you see in city or suburb. I recently took a short train trip and realized that virtually every plant I saw out the window was featured here, growing where nothing else could. And after all, what is a weed but a plant — often a beautiful or interesting one — which we arbitrarily decide we don't want but which grows and reproduces far more vigorously than the ones we equally arbitrarily decide we DO want (but which require painstaking care and are in many cases just as non-native as the 'invasives')? [That said, stinging nettles are among the vilest plants in the world.] Take this book with you on a walk around your neighborhood. Absolutely every local gardener should own a copy — if only in self-defense."

— Alan H.

"This wonderful book is as far as I know the only field guide to weeds. Yes, you read that right — those ubiquitous plants you rarely think twice about but which in fact make up most of the green you see in city or suburb. I recently took a short train trip and realized that virtually every plant I saw out the window was featured here, growing where nothing else could.  And after all, what is a weed but a plant — often a beautiful or interesting one — which we arbitrarily decide we don't want but which grows and reproduces far more vigorously than the ones we equally arbitrarily decide we DO want (but which require painstaking care and are in many cases just as non-native as the 'invasives')? [That said, stinging nettles are among the vilest plants in the world.] Take this book with you on a walk around your neighborhood. Absolutely every local gardener should own a copy — if only in self-defense."

Alan H., Harvard Book Store

"This field guide is useful for trained ecologists, botanists, and naturalists, and is accessible to anyone else who wonders what is sprouting up from that sidewalk crack or in that corner of their suburban garden."Rhodora

In this field guide to the future, esteemed Harvard University botanist Peter Del Tredici unveils the plants that will become even more dominant in urban environments under projected future environmental conditions. These plants are the most important and most common plants in cities. Learning what they are and the role they play, he writes, will help us all make cities more livable and enjoyable.

With more than 1000 photos, readers can easily identify these powerful plants. Learn about the fascinating cultural history of each plant.

Peter Del Tredici is a botanist specializing trees. He retired from the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in 2014 after thirty-five years as plant propagator, bonsai curator, editor of Arnoldia, and Director of Living Collections and Senior Research Scientist. In 2013, he was awarded the Veitch Gold Medal by The Royal Horticultural Society, "in recognition of services given in the advancement of the science and practice of horticulture."
Product Details ISBN: 9781501740442
ISBN-10: 150174044X
Publisher: Comstock Publishing
Publication Date: March 15th, 2020
Pages: 428
Language: English