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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!

Posted by on August 17, 2010 at 10:00 am, in the category Real Gardens.
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3 Responses to “Popular Mechanics gets Wicked”

  1. Kaviani says:

    “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. Really interesting read. Was worth the time to check out the strange gardens. And some were really STRANGE.

  3. Laura Bell says:

    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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