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Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte (10/18)
“Weeds of Dewey-Humboldt Arizona” by Garry Rogers is an excellent, thorough field guide of weeds located in Dewey-Humboldt (D-H), Arizona.
In the writing of this book, the author set out to identify the weeds currently present in D-H (along those that will be present in the future), and to determine whether the weeds located in D-H are a valuable resource for the people and wildlife populations. This sounded like a laborious task and I was curious to find out more, particularly the value of weeds since I’d always assumed they were ultimately just a nuisance!
“Weeds of Dewey-Humboldt Arizona” contains a concise and informative introduction about the lives of weeds including how they establish and spread, how invasive weeds are introduced, and a section on controlling weeds. One of the things I found interesting is that weeds provide an important function in preserving what man is destroying. By likening the purpose of weeds to that of EMS and first responders, Rogers paints a clear picture of the importance of these plant sources in such a way that a novice can understand.
The remainder of the book contains specific information on the various weed species located in D-H. Featuring 149 species, each one is highlighted to include detailed descriptions and prominent traits, as well as lovely drawings and colorful photos. I was delighted to see a few photos starring our friends from the bee population! Most amazing to me is that many varieties I regarded as common flowers and plants, including purslane, larkspur and sunflowers are actually weed species!
“Weeds of Dewey-Humboldt Arizona” is an educational and enlightening reading experience. The author, Garry Rogers, is an advocate for nature and wildlife conservation and has written many books on the topics. Though I can’t speak to the other books he has written, Rogers’ passion for nature is clear in the amount of research and work he put into producing this text and I recommend it to all nature enthusiasts and students. Even if you don’t live in Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona, I bet you will discover some species similar to those in your area. It might even spur an interest in your local landscape!
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Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite (9/18)
‘Weeds are travelers of the plant world.’ In Weeds of Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona, author Garry Rogers speaks about the role of weeds and his final definition of weeds: ‘Their role is to fill the empty spaces of the earth, to repair vegetation shattered for millions of years by landslide and flood and forest fire, and today degraded by aggressive farming and gross pollution. In so doing they stabilize the soil, conserve water loss, provide shelter for other plants and begin the process of succession to more complex and stable plant systems.’ The book gives a better understanding of weeds and how invasive weeds can be a big threat to nature as they absorb nutrients and moisture quickly.
The author has handled this topic extensively and includes drawings, dimensions, descriptions, and photographs of 149 weed species. The topic is fresh and the book is informative. Readers get to understand how weeds are essential to healing processes that replace lost soil after a landslide, provide for wildlife, and some of them are food and medicine for people. Because of their ability to withstand harsh conditions, it is said that weeds will proliferate as global warming intensifies. The author makes the book appealing by adding colorful pictures and he has classified these weeds under: A=Annual, B=Biennial, P=Perennial, D=Delightful, E=Edible, F=Future Colonist, I=Invasive, M=Medicinal, N=Native, P=Painful, T=Tough.
The glossary at the end of the book is helpful when it comes to understanding the terms used in the book. It is a good book to have in school libraries as students, teachers, and educators will find it useful for reference material. I found the book interesting and informative, the author gives good insights about weeds, and it speaks about a topic that is a part of everyone’s daily surroundings yet remains unexplored to a large extent.
Second Place Award, Annual Literary Contest, Arizona Authors Association