Popular Mechanics gets Wicked

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It’s kind of cool that Popular Mechanics is still around.
Friends of mine collect it; in fact, I found all kinds of stuff in the May 1963
issue, including a full report of the effect of classical music on corn plants
and cool photos of women in Jackie-O outfits “working” in their gardens.

Recently PM proved that it could still be fun by including a
feature on “The World’s 18 Strangest Gardens.”
Of course Amy’s garden is in it.  Here’s why:

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Most people try to avoid cultivating plants that can kill
them, but Stewart's garden has more than 35 different species that could wreak
havoc on the body if mishandled. Nightshade, hemlock, datura, opium poppy and
castor bean—the main ingredient of the deadly poison ricin—are among the killer
varieties sprouting here.

Other gardens featured were Versaille and the Garden of
Cosmic Speculation in Scotland. That’s pretty good company. I want to be on
this list!

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at yahoo.com

3 COMMENTS

  1. “Stewart’s garden has more than 35 different species that could wreak havoc on the body if mishandled. Nightshade, hemlock, datura, opium poppy and castor bean”

    Sub the nightshade and hemlock with brugmansia and San Pedro; then add ephedra, vitex, kanna, yaupon, and a few more witchy goodies and you’d have MY garden. I like this lady already!

  2. Suddenly I’m bitten by the travel bug. My husband barely tolerated the time we spent in the SF Botanical Garden. I wonder how he’d cotton to traveling the world for a few weeks for the sole purpose of visiting these gardens !

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