Echoes of the Garden

Folklore And Myth

Love and Hospitality

The story of Philemon and Baucis comes from Greek mythology and is a lesson on the duty and rewards of hospitality. It’s also a poignant reminder of what’s truly important in a loving relationship. This particular myth has been one… Continue Reading…

A Place in the World

Love, the Truth, and a Good Defense

Since ancient times, the Linden has been known as a tree of truth and peace.Herodotus tells us that “The Scythian diviners take also the leaf of the lime-tree (linden), which, dividing into three parts, they twine round their fingers; they then… Continue Reading…

The Leech's Knowing

A Cup of Calm

Linden has long been honored as a gentle and relaxing herb.Gerard in his Herball tells us that:The floures are commended by divers against paine of the head proceeding of a cold cause, against dissinesse (dizziness?),the Apoplexie, and also the falling… Continue Reading…

Culinary

Finders, Eaters

This is the first of our Noble Interests that cannot be bought for the kitchen but must be foraged for. So the first step you must take in order to sample the delights offered here is to find your linden… Continue Reading…

In the Garden

The Heart in the Garden

The Linden tree makes a beautiful addition to the garden if you have enough room for it. It can achieve heights of 50′ to 80′ with a horizontal spread of 35′ to 50′, although it frequently stays smaller. It generally… Continue Reading…

Noble Interest

Tilia spp.

This tree is something of a holy grail for me. As a nature center educator and a beekeeper, I’ve heard legendary stories about this tree. You can smell it for miles. You can hear it from farther away. It’s beautiful!… Continue Reading…

Wes Hu Thal

Wes Thu Hál!

As I look out the window in my workspace, I note with some amusement that it’s sunny and snowing at the same time. Typical for this area, but still…the bright sunshine makes me want to get outside. Unfortunately, the snow… 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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