The Witch's Garden

Plants in Folklore, Magic and Traditional Medicine

Sandra Lawrence and Kew Royal Botanical Gardens
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Illustrated with pages from herbals held within the archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, along with botanical illustrations and archival images depicting magic and mayhem, The Witch's Garden beautifully evokes the bewitching nature of mysterious plants.

The Witch's Garden describes over 50 of the world's most powerful, harmful, legendary and storied plants - from the screaming mandrake to calming St John's Wort, to predicting the weather with seaweed, the creation of salves for broken hearts, sore heads, protection from evil spirits and to even induce immortality.

Wise women, apothecaries, witches, herbalists: whatever you like to call them, those who cultivate plants for their apparent mystical properties have existed for thousands of years. The Witch's Garden tells the story of our folkloric fascination with these magical specimens, documenting the beliefs and rituals surrounding the natural world. Illustrated with pages from herbals held within the archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, along with botanical illustrations and archival images depicting magic and mayhem, The Witch's Garden beautifully evokes the bewitching nature of mysterious plants.

Author bio:

Sandra Lawrence is a journalist and author. She writes for the Evening Standard, Guardian, Financial Times, The Times, Londonist.com and the English Garden. She is the London columnist for British Heritage magazine and is on the Q&A panel of experts for History Revealed magazine. Her travel writing is collected on madamepassepartout.com.

Category: Natural history
ISBN: 9781787394360
Table Of Contents: Introduction • Healing plants of the ancient world • Great minds • From superstition to respectability - and back • The seasons • The stations of life • Cures for the body • Plants and the heavens • The cunning woman's stillroom • The dark mirror - plants of the shadows • Plants of hope.
Publisher: Welbeck
Imprint: Welbeck
Pub Date: November 2020
Page Extent: 208
Format: Hard Cover
Subject: Natural history