Plants are the source, at least in part, of most of our most basic needs–food, clothing, and shelter–and as gardeners, we know they give us beauty, wonder, livelihood. As gardeners, we also know plants aren’t all good, and in fact some are downright dastardly. Are they friend or foe?
Earlier this year a woman in Washington state died from suspected hemlock poisoning after gathering the leafy green weed and using it on a salad. Unfortunately her death wasn’t an isolated occurrence. Each year dozens of people die or …