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…

A Place in the World

A Safety Net and A Song

In his book, Trees, A Woodland Notebook, the Right Hon. Sir Herbert Maxwell points out that many places in Great Britain are named after the elder. This suggests that elder was both common and noticed.Elder has always been considered to… Continue Reading…

The Leech's Knowing

The Ancient Medicine Chest

Our Noble Interest, elderberry, has been well-known and highly respected throughout much of known history. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, called it his “medicine chest”. Galen agreed with him.

Culinary

A Sweet Harvest

Elderberry has long been as comfortable in the kitchen as it is in the stillroom. It is versatile enough that there is a recipe for every palate.From Apicius; [135] ELDERBERRY CUSTARD OR PIE PATINA DE SAMBUCO [1]A DISH OF ELDERBERRIES,… Continue Reading…

In the Garden

Growing Elderberries

A deciduous shrub native to both Europe and North America with an enthusiastic growing habit and a rangy appearance, elderberry has graced our gardens and tables since ancient days. Most varieties are hardy to Zone 4, with a few being… Continue Reading…

Noble Interest

Sambucus spp.

I spent summers on my Grandfather’s farm. Little Pipe Creek flowed through the middle of it and when I was ten, the banks of the creek were covered in elderberry bushes. The good lady he had purchased the farm from… Continue Reading…

Wes Hu Thal

Wes Thu Hál!

There’s not much to report from my garden this week. The weather is unusual and we had a deep slush storm on Tuesday, so I was outside digging but I was uncovering cars instead of beets. It suddenly occurred to… Continue Reading…

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The information and recipes contained on this site are presented for intellectual and historical interest only. If you are looking for medical advice, please consult with a licensed physician. If you choose to try any recipe for the sake of adventure or curiosity, you do so at your own risk.

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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