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Herbs and the earth : an evocative excursion into the lore & legend of our common herbs / Henry Beston ; introduction by Roger B. Swain ; afterword by Bill McKibben ; woodcuts by John Howard Beston.

Beston, Henry, 1888-1968 (author.). Swain, Roger B., (author of introduction.). McKibben, Bill, (author of afterword.). Benson, John Howard, 1901-1956 (artist.).

"Lavender, basil, hyssop, balm, sage, rue - the thinking gardener's guide to herbs. Writer/naturalist Henry Beston, a founding father of the environmental movement, believed that a strong connection to nature is essential. "It is only when we are aware of the earth and of the earth as poetry that we truly live," Beston says in his now-classic Herbs and the Earth. In this book, Beston shares one of those connections as seen through the oldest group of plants known to gardeners. "A garden of herbs," he writes, "is a garden of things loved for themselves in their wholeness and integrity. It is not a garden of flowers, but a garden of plants which are sometimes very lovely flowers and are always more than flowers." Whether you are already a committed herbalist or just dreaming of planting your first small garden, this book is a powerfully rich source of inspiration and information. As Roger B. Swain observes in his moving introduction, Herbs and the Earth has an intensity that evokes the herbs themselves, as if, pressed between the pages, their aroma has seeped into the pages. This Nonpareil edition includes a new afterword by environmentalist, educator, and author, Bill McKibben"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781567927733
  • ISBN: 1567927734
  • Physical Description: xvii, 127 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
  • Publisher: Boston : Godine, 2024.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note:
I. -- Of herbs and the earth -- II. -- Of ten great herbs -- III. -- Of many herbs of many kinds -- IV. -- Of planting and gardening -- V. -- Epilogue in spring.
Subject: Herbs.
Herbs > Folklore.
Herb gardening.
Herbes > Culture.

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