Amy Stewart is the author of two bestselling books, Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities, and Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers. Wicked Plants was named Amazon’s “Best Home and Garden Book of 2009,” and Amazon offers a video to showcase Stewart’s wickedly dry sense of humor.
She writes on horticulture as a hobby, as a business, and as an activity with significant environmental impacts, both for good and for ill. Her essays and commentaries have run in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Garden Design, Organic Gardening, and elsewhere. She has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, PBS, and NPR.
Called “a passionate and inquisitive writer’ by The Boston Globe, Stewart is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a California Horticultural Society Writer's Award. Her earlier titles are The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms, and From the Ground Up: The Story of a First Garden.
Stewart speaks on community and home gardening and composting, on landscaping approaches that are sustainable, water efficient, low-chemical, wildlife-friendly, and that utilize native plants, and on the overall greening of the urban environment.
Video clips, a large collection of audio interviews, information about her books, and two book excerpts are available here. To discuss Amy Stewart as a possible speaker, please call 408-865-0888, or send us an email message here.
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