An English vegetarian moves to Norway in the early 1980s, is frustrated at the lack of fresh vegetables, and begins growing his own — ultimately becoming an influential gardening activist and authority. That back story illuminates this labor of love, a compendium of 80 species that Stephen Barstow endorses for gardeners looking to expand their repertoire. With exhaustive entries on the botany, history, and care of plants ranging from the familiar to the obscure — and some recipes to boot — "Around the World in 80 Plants" gets two green thumbs up as a font of charming inspiration. Barstow even coins the word “edimental” for plants that are both edible and ornamental: a win-win for gardeners wanting to admire their plants and eat them, too.
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