Oct 1, 2009

Exotic is not a compliment.

There's no shortage of stories in the news to write letters to editors about, and I almost never bother, but we all have our buttons, I guess. Mine are word misusage and invasive plants. I wrote this letter to the Contra Costa Times ages ago and pretty much forgot about it, but then I spotted it while I was at the airport eating a gross overpriced tofu curry and flipping through the Sunday paper.

Can also be seen here.


  1. Nice catch Jess. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for any efforts to preserve the trove of exotic Bermuda grass competing with my native meadow.

    Tofu Curry... I'm bringing over some Vegemite and Tim Tams.

  2. Good for you, Jess!! As an English major and native plant gardener (in Florida) I salute you. Exotics are truly the bane of our existence. Thanks for making the most of that teachable moment.

  3. Thanks! I'm finding it so exciting hearing from native gardeners from other parts of the country. Maybe this thing is really catching on!