Friday, 15 October 2010

Wicked Plants

Wicked Plants

Saturday 30 October, 1.30pm

Free with Museum admission

(Adults £6 / Concessions £5 / Children FREE)

We've added a new and creepy event to our autumn programme, just in time for Halloween. In this talk based on her New York Times bestseller Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities, Amy Stewart takes on Mother Nature's most appalling creations. It's an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend. Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend, Stewart presents tales of bloodcurdling botany that will entertain, alarm, and enlighten even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers.

Find out which plant killed Abraham Lincoln's mother, which shrub ignited a global war, and what plant has killed 90 million people. From strychnine to castor bean, from poison sumac to monkshood, from carnivorous plants to weeds that spontaneously combust, Stewart introduces an unforgettable cast of characters and tells their tales with her own wicked sense of humour.

Amy Stewart lives in California, where she tends her own poison garden and runs an antiquarian book shop with her husband.

Suitable for adults and children 10+

Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7LB. 020 7401 8865

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