Wicked Plants with Amy Stewart at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

A large group assembled for Amy Stewart's tour of Wicked Plants along the Annual Border of Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Lily Pool Terrace.
Wicked Plants Tour at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Saturday afternoon, Blog Widow and I went to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for an afternoon of Wicked Plants: a tour led by Amy Stewart, a book signing, and a cake baked for the occasion.

Amy Stewart, rigged with portable amplification
Amy Stewart

Sarracenia, Pitcher Plants

Wicked Plants Tour at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Ricinus communis, Castor Bean plant
Ricinus communis, Castor Bean plant

Book purchase display
Wicked Plants Book Signing

The Cake

A Wicked Cake enters the Lily Pool Terrace
Cake Entrance

"Everything is edible, except the boards," said one of the cake wranglers. Well, that and the stems of the flowers.

The flowers were incredibly lifelike.
Edible Tulip

It's hard to justify eating artistry like this. But it was a hot and humid day, so what can you do?!
Edible Hydrangea

Amy regards a Tulip before taking a bite of it.
Amy Stewart with edible Tulip

Blog Widow peals a petal off a Tulip. It tasted vaguely like wax lips. Technically edible.
Blog Widow eats a Tulip

The base was seven layers of chocolate and vanilla cake with mocha cream. Delicious, and worth the wait.
Seven Layer Cake

Glam Shots

Not everything we saw that day was wicked.

Double-Flowering Lotus
Double Lotus


Hens and Chicks
Hens and Chicks

Okay, wicked, but kinda cool, huh?
Spiny Solanum



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Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Love the cake--did you have a piece?! I won Wicked Plants from Genevieve and enjoyed thumbing through it; the design/layout is cool. I'm way behind in reading though...

Xris (Flatbush Gardener) said...

The cake was delicious: seven layers, with vanilla and chocolate cake, and mocha cream.

Brenda from Flatbush said...

Supposedly Henry James said that "summer afternoon" were the 2 most beautiful words in the English language, but my vote goes to "mocha cream."
Great shots, of the speaker, the bluebottle, and that incredible cake and its technically edible flowers! Wish I'd been along.

Xris (Flatbush Gardener) said...

I thought "cellar door" were supposed to be the two most beautiful words in the English language?!

Kylee from Our Little Acre said...

I have wanted this book ever since it first came out and I saw her video (hilarious!). Must get it. Maybe she'd send me a copy for review? ;-)

Actually, while that would be great, I have no problem buying it either. The very first gardening book of any kind I ever read was by Amy - "From the Ground Up."