paper, 213 p., $14.95
Thomas Ogren has written an important book whose alluring title assures readership. He combines botany, horticulture and health in his premise that male plants emit record high quantities of pollen, causing a steep rise in asthma and allergies. He backs up this remark with some alarming statistics, enough to make wary gardeners replace male with female — and pollen-free — plants, even though they may litter lawns and sidewalks with fruit and seeds. Using female plants is a small price to pay for riddance of pollen-induced allergies.
The author has developed a plant allergy ranking system, and he has included in this work a very complete list of poisonous plants, both by contact and ingestion. There are some surprises on this list! For this alone, this book is worth adding to your working library.
— Adele Kleine, Library Volunteer and Master Gardener, Chicago Botanic Garden