Kew launches poisonous plants guide for parents

Kew Publishing 2010 has launched Poisonous Plants: a guide for parents & childcare providers. The new guidebook on poisonous plants is designed for medics, gardeners, and anyone caring for children.

The book is the result of a long-standing collaboration between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the Medical Toxicology Information Services at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, London.

Poisonous Plants provides descriptions to 130 plants likely to be encountered as pot plants and in flower beds and vegetable plots with the potential to cause harm to humans if eaten or touched.

The book's introduction explains how plants cause harm, accompanied with safety points, how to make a risk assessment, advice on a safe garden and interesting plants to include, and an overview of plants with low toxicity berries and the most toxic plants.

It is the first book to illustrate all the plants on the HTA list of ornamental plants for sale that should be labelled as potentially harmful.

PUBLICATION

Poisonous Plants: a guide for parents & childcare providers is by plant toxicologist Elizabeth A Dauncey in collaboration with Leonard Hawkins and Katherine Kennedy, poisons specialists at Guy's and St Thomas' Medical Toxicology Information Services. Published by Kew Publishing, the book's recommended retail price is £15.00. ISBN: 978 1 84246 406 9


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