Echoes of the Garden

Folklore And Myth

Of Tea and Snow

Hans Christian Andersen gives us this story of “The Little Elder Mother”. Elderberry is not the herb most closely associated with remembrance, but I like this tale of our Noble Interest as a kindly Bringer of warmth, Teller of tales,… Continue Reading…

Folklore And Myth

The Processing of Magic

The tale most associated with our Noble interest is the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tale The Six Swans. I’ve read versions where the plant needed to break the spell is stinging nettle and I’ve heard it referred to as starwort. Starwort… Continue Reading…

Folklore And Myth

About Those Cravings

The obvious choice for this week’s tale is Rapunzel.I will point out that there is controversy here, though. If you do a search for “fairy tale” and “radish” you will get a bajillion sites about Rapunzel. The common wisdom is… Continue Reading…

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About Me

About Me

My interest in plants started young. While most of my friends were playing with Barbie or dreaming of horses, I was out in the fields of our farm creating imaginary villages and caching collected seeds, roots and herbs against winter need. When I discovered the library and field guides, I realized that I had found my passion- the interaction between plants and people. While my caching habits have switched to saving more useful plants, some things don’t change. I still …
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