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We learn so much about uninvited plants in this book by Charles B. Heiser. Arranged by families, each plant is discussed, including its name, where and when it blooms, and through a brief description and marvelous section called “The Virtues.” Full of wonderful information, Weeds in My Garden: Observations on Some Misunderstood Plants provides plenty of details on a rich variety of plants and their uses, and explains how some earned their names. Given the many “virtues” of these plants, it is surprising that we are not better acquainted with many described by the author, or at least treat those we know with more respect! A very good guide to the botanical ignored or disregarded, this book should be required reading for most gardeners.
— Barbara Mahany, library volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden