Weeds: An Environmental History of Metropolitan America
cloth, 256 pp., $40.00
Historian Zachary Falck reflects on the nature and perception of weeds in a metropolitan setting. Although the inhabitants of urban environments have tended to perceive them as unwelcome invaders and equated with undesirable members of society, the author describes such vegetation as “happenstance plants.” He traces the relationship of the urban public with plants, noting that these maligned invaders are slowly becoming recognized as part of the evolutionary processes.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden
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