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Weeds: How vagabond plants gatecrashed civilisation and changed the way we think about nature

Weeds: How vagabond plants gatecrashed civilisation and changed the way we think about nature

Richard Mabey

"Mabey offers a diversity and richness of fact, fiction, philosophy and fun ... a great read."

 - Professor Stephen Hopper, Director, Kew Gardens

Ever since the first human settlements weeds have dogged our footsteps. They are there as the punishment of "thorns and thistles" in Genesis and, two millennia later, as a symbol of sacrifice and regeneration in the poppies of Flanders Field. They are civilisations' familiars, invading farmland and building-sites, war-zones and flower beds across the globe. Yet, living so intimately with us, they have been a blessing too. Weeds were the first crops, the first medicines.

One person's weed is another's wild beauty. 228 pages.

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