A fourth-generation botanist, Mary Tapson-Jones of Salmon Arm wrote one of British Columbia's hundreds of self-published gems, Perilous Charmers: Poisonous Plants of the Pacific Northwest (Summerland, B.C.: New Horizon Printing, 1995). Originally distributed by Fran Kay & Associates of Chase, B.C., it's a handy, unpretentious guide to 66 potentially dangerous plants that can be found in the wild, in gardens, or in the house--complete with colour photos taken by Tapson-Jones for each example. It was edited by Graham Boffey, a toxicologist at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. It's ideal for the first aid kit or as a conversation pieces on the coffee table.

[BCBW 2004] "Gardening"