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:
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