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Death in the Garden: Poisonous Plants & Their Use Throughout History

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“Readers who enjoy plants and offbeat tales will find Brown’s book a happy mix” (Publishers Weekly).

Mankind has always had a morbid fascination with poisonous plants. Over the centuries, poisonous plants have been used to remove garden pests—as well as unwanted rivals and deceitful partners. They have also been used for their medicinal qualities, as rather dangerous
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Kindle Edition, 248 pages
Published March 30th 2018 by White Owl
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Granted, very much of author Michael Brown's presented and featured information and his often minute details on over sixty poisonous (mostly United Kingdom) plants and how they have been historically used over many centuries has definitely been both interesting and also quite botanically enlightening (especially with regard to how poisonous plants have been not only tools of murder, mayhem and subterfuge, but how they in bygone days were also regularly utilised for instances witchcraft and of ...more
Alex Sarll
This survey of garden poisons is probably more of a book to flick through than the sort to read from end to end, especially on screen, which may be why the Netgalley ARC took me quite so long. Granted, it does open with some slightly more narrative chapters - on poison and witchcraft, history's most notorious poisoners, and the pioneers who wrote the early textbooks and herbals. These offer a passable enough survey of the field, but some will be fairly skimmable for anyone who knows this stuff. ...more
Leyla Johnson
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is really interesting book, as a child we were always told not to touch this plant or that, it is good to know that there was some basis to the instruction. There is a full description of the plant including colour picture, and this is extremely helpful, living in Australia some of the plants have different common names.
There are quite a lot of historical details in amongst the plant information which I found quite interesting. The beginning of the book proved a little slower and harder to
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Louise
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The information was interesting. The editing was not so good.
Virginia
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whether you are a gardener or a history buff, you’ll love this nonfiction book about the poisonous plants we have feared, revered and misunderstood for thousands of years. Brown begins with the ancients, who used poisonous plants to stealthily dispatch enemies and moves on to the Middle Ages where kingdoms were often lost and won with the help of poison dispensed through food, drink and even clothing. Then in more modern times when people began to use plant based household products to murder and ...more
Polly Krize
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It is always amazing to me that so many of the plants in our gardens have many beneficial properties in addition to being poisonous! This book gives so much background information and folklore, it should be part of every gardener's bookshelf. Particularly fascinating (to me) is the way that so many plants can deter invading insects in our gardens without us having to resort to chemical products. These plants are using chemical
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Jodi
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent collection of the poisonous plants common in gardens. Highlighting their uses throughout history. Also contains a guide for starting your own poisonous garden.
David Parker
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
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I did not realize that the plants were found In English gardens. After awhile a started skipping plants I had never heard of and likely never see.
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