Amy Stewart

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PO Box 106 Eureka, California 95502

Amy Stewart is the award-winning author of five books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world, including three New York Times bestsellers: Wicked Plants, Wicked Bugs and Flower Confidential.

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Amy Stewart is the award-winning author of six books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world, including three New York Times bestsellers, Wicked Plants and Flower Confidential and Wicked Bugs.  Her newest book is The Drunken Botanist:  The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks.

Amy Stewart is a highly sought-after public speaker whose spirited lectures have inspired and entertained audiences at college campuses such as Cornell and the University of Minnesota,  corporate offices, including Google's Mountainview campus, conferences and garden shows, as well as botanical gardens, bookstores, and garden clubs nationwide.

Stewart has appeared on hundreds of national and regional radio and television programs,  including CBS Sunday Morning, NPR's Morning Edition, and Good Morning America. She has written for  the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and every national garden magazine, including Fine Gardening, where she is a contributing editor.


Amy Stewart is the author of six books, all from Algonquin Books:

From the Ground Up: The Story of a First Garden  (2001)

The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms  (2004)

Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers  (2007)

Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities  (2009)

Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army and Other Diabolical Insects (2011)


The Drunken Botanist:  The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks (2013)

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Amy's talks last for 45-60 minutes but can be tailored to any length.  Slide shows in Power Point are optional depending on the equipment available.  To get more information, visit the Speaking Engagements page of her website.  Here are her most popular topics:

The Drunken Botanist--The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks

Wicked Bugs - Fearsome and Ferocious Creatures in Your Backyard and Beyond

Wicked Plants-The Deliciously Dark Side of the Plant Kingdom

Flower Confidential--Behind the Scenes and Around the World in the Global Flower Market

The Earth Moved--The Surprising Secret Lives of Earthworms


Audience Testimonials:

"Amy, you are a class act!! My phone is ringing off the hook with praise for the evening. I can't wait for your next book!"

--Carmel Public Library Foundation


"Amy was the most fantastic, entertaining and interesting speaker we have ever had. We are still getting such rave reviews!"


--Lafayette Garden Club


"In a word, it was great! It was a true joy to have you here and to meet you. The lecture was a hit, and the signing was a big success."


--Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower


"Fantastic! Delightful! Fascinating historic info. Amy is a great speaker and threw a lot of humor into her topic....Excellent, humorous, informed and informative, and eloquent."


--UC Master Gardeners of Orange County Annual Symposium


"People are still raving about your talk here in May. You certainly took Little Rhody by storm."

--Rhode Island Master Gardeners


"That was the best lecture I've ever attended--not just here, but anywhere!"

--Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA


"You are the best speaker I have ever heard here!"

--Members of Santa Barbara Garden Club


Eureka, CA (Northern California)
Frequently travels to:
Northern California
Southern California
New York

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  • Flower Confidential
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Fernwood Presentation

Cyndi Harville from Michigan - 09/10/2012 12:55:07

Amy gave two fascinating presentations using plants and insects to committ murder. Her material is well researched and presented in human terms instead of straight science. Lots of smiles and laughs all around. Good job Amy.

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Fernwood Lecture

patricia from Benton Harbor - 09/09/2012 19:51:33

A storyteller with fun facts well researched shares her humorous experiences. She has whimsical ideas like her morbid garden. Great fun for all!

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Definitely 5 Star

Patricia Jones from Asheville, NC - 05/08/2012 12:24:15

Attended Ms. Stewart's presentation @ the NC Arboretum on May 6. I'm a novice gardener who enjoyed her presentation very much. She is an awesome speaker & keeps her audience in stitches while teaching. Would recommend that anyone who has the opportunity to hear her speak to not miss out. Looking forward to reading all her publications. Hopeful that Ms. Stewart will come back to Asheville again.