In this field guide to the future, esteemed Harvard University botanist Peter Del Tredici unveils the plants that will become even more dominant in urban environments under projected future environmental conditions. These plants are the most important and most common plants in cities. Learning what they are and the role they play, he writes, will help us all make cities more livable and enjoyable.
With more than 1000 photos, readers can easily identify these powerful plants. Learn about the fascinating cultural history of each plant.
Peter Del Tredici is Senior Research Scientist at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is author of A Giant Among the Dwarfs. He has been awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society.PickettSteward T. A.:
Steward T. A. Pickett is a Plant Ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire:
"Though ostensibly a field guide, this book is much more than that; it offers a deep and wise reconsideration of our most cherished ideas about nature. You will never look at 'invasive species' the same way again."
"This field guide is useful for trained ecologists, botanists, and naturalists, and is accessible to anyone else who wonders what is sprouting up from that sidewalk crack or in that corner of their suburban garden."
Marilyn K. Alaimo, Chicago Botanic Garden:
"Despite derisive labels for these plants, such as 'weedy' and 'invasive,' he contends that the public should have greater appreciation for plants that are able to contend with complex urban ecosystems."