Jane Stetson Memorial Lecture
Saturday, May 13th, 2:00pm at Cheatham Hall, World Forestry Center
Author of the New York Times best seller Wicked Plants
Amy Stewart’s spirited lectures have inspired and entertained audiences at botanical gardens, bookstores, and garden clubs nationwide. She is the author of six books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world, including four New York Times bestsellers: The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Bugs, Wicked Plants, and Flower Confidential.
Amy will entertain and educate us with excerpts from Wicked Plants, which contains over two hundred of Mother Nature’s most appalling flora. It’s an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend. We will learn which plants to avoid (exploding shrubs), which plants make themselves exceedingly unwelcome (the vine that ate the South), and which ones have been killing for centuries (the weed that killed Abraham Lincoln’s mother). Amy introduces an unforgettable cast of characters and tells their tales with her own wicked sense of humor.
Amy compiles materials from history, medicine, science, and legend to entertain, alarm, and enlighten even the most courageous gardeners and nature lovers – without the risk of pain, poisoning, dismemberment or death. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and National Public Radio, and she has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and every national garden magazine, including Fine Gardening, where she is a contributing editor. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the American Horticulture Society’s Book Award, and an International Association of Culinary Professionals Food Writing Award.