Reading The Wardian Case: How a Simple Box Moved Plants and Changed the World by Luke Keogh

In this episode, the Plant Book Club go on a trip around the world, learning how a simple plant case changed history. Come contemplate the transformative power of wood and glass with us.

Would you eat the diaper mushrooms? Reading Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake

In this episode, Tegan, Ellen, Melissa, Judith and Joram take a break from the world of the chlorophylled to learn about our nearer relatives: fungi! We’re lassoed into the dirt by these hunters, decomposers, delicacies and occasional bankers. If you thought a mushroom was just a little white rounded thing you can buy at the grocery store to add to fried rice, this episode is for you!

The most morbid potato salad ever: Murder Most Florid by Mark Spencer

Lessons from Plants by Beronda Montgomery

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

In this episode, Tegan, Ellen, Judith and Joram dive deep into the forest ecosystem. In Peter Wohlleben’s book “The Hidden Life of Trees” it’s all about what’s going on in the woods. Do trees feel pain? How do they raise their young? And what happens to the trees when the temperatures rise? We’ll try to find some answers in the book and take you along on this journey.

Bitter Roots: The Search for Healing Plants in Africa by Abena Dove Osseo-Asare

This month, Tegan, Joram, Ellen, Melissa and Judith read Bitter Roots: The Search for Healing Plants in Africa by Abena Dove Osseo-Asare. If you want an in-depth history of the relationships between African nations, scientists, healers and pharmaceutical companies, this is the book for you.

Sexy apples and GMO potatoes: The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

This month, Tegan, Joram, Ellen, Melissa and Judith read The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan. If you’re curious about Johnny Appleseed and think Holland is ugly, this is your book!

Poisoned Honey and Cyanide Mysteries: Plants That Kill by Elizabeth A. Dauncey and Sonny Larsson

This month, Tegan, Joram, Ellen, and Melissa read Plants That Kill: A Natural History of the World’s Most Poisonous Plants by Elizabeth A. Dauncey and Sonny Larsson. This book taught us so much about the best ways to murder people (green potatoes!) and also how to avoid being poisoned by our weirdest fellow terrestrials.

Spilled Bologna Juice: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

This month, Tegan, Joram, Ellen, and new friends Judith and Melissa read Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. This book was a lot. Trigger warnings: toxic academia, disastrous road trips, and peeing in bottles. 

Have a Plant Cocktail This Week: The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart

This month, Tegan, Joram and Ellen read The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks by Amy Stewart. A book about human’s relationship with alcohol covers basically all of history, and Stewart picked the most interesting parts for our reading pleasure.