November 5, 2009

Flora Mirabilis: How Plants Have Shaped World Knowledge, Health, Wealth, and Beauty

Update: Stay tuned for a review.

With a comment (see below) to Garden Rant's contest - "Win the awesome book Flora Mirabilis" - I won a PDF copy of the book. Yesterday I received an email from Garden Rant's Susan Harris with details on receiving my prize.

Source: Random House

My comment:

My plant geek credentials. Well, I studied for the Massachusetts arborist exam by exploring the grounds of the Arnold Arboretum and the streets of Boston.I took a very short course about mycology held at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. During the first class (of 3?), we learned about "chicken of the woods" among other 'shrooms. This mushroom stuck with me. While out on inspections for my job, I came across a large specimen which I picked, placed in a paper bag (luckily, I had one in the car), and cooked it in olive oil and s&p for dinner that night. Delicious! (My dinner mate was skeptical but the amazing aroma convinced him to try it.)

Garden Girl is also hosting a contest for Flora Mirabilis with a November 7th deadline.

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