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Herbs and the Earth

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From one of America's most sensitive and fervent nature writers comes this classic of herbal lore and legend, now in paperback. This is not strictly a gardening book (although there is plenty for the gardener to learn in it) but a singular example of a man thinking about what he grows-not onlyhowit grows, but its roots in religion, Bible, history and medicine. The book was ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by Pocket Paragon (first published 1973)
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Misty
May 28, 2012 Misty is currently reading it
"Ages and people which sever the earth from the poetic spirit, or do not care, or stop their ears with knowledge as with dust, find their veins grown hollow and their hearts an emptiness echoing to questioning. For the earth is ever more than the earth, more than the upper and the lower field, the tree and the hill. Here is mystery banded about the forehead with green ..."

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Audrey Driscoll
Aug 17, 2013 Audrey Driscoll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book about gardens and gardening that I read, long before I had a garden of my own. It's rather strange that a thirteen-year-old would have been charmed by this book, but so it was. Beston's gravity, his absolute seriousness (although not devoid of a quiet humour) convinced me that his words were valuable and the subject of herbs important. It's a slight book, only 117 pages, illustrated with simple woodcuts of the plants that Beston calls "ten great herbs." Quite apart from ...more
Stephen
Sep 06, 2014 Stephen rated it really liked it
A lovely prose poem from start to finish. Not really botany or gardening. Beston surpasses the best passages of The Outermost House with the lyrical ending of this book. One to dip into and then get intincted. (Is that a word? I think so)
I've read this several times. First found it, as so many of my favorites, in the catalogue The Common Reader.
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Mar 29, 2008 Pants rated it it was amazing
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This is such a beautiful and lyrical book. I actually bought a hard cover edition at Powell's and I'm quite glad I did! I find the drawings endearing and the subject matter equally heartening. I think I'd recommend it to any friend.
Patricia
May 16, 2011 Patricia rated it it was amazing
Beston's herb garden sends out deep roots and all embracing shoots. He hymns to the morning light and the colors of green and celebrates the intertwined lives of humans plants in deep time.
Ariellah Aflalo
simply delicious book. it inspired me to mix much more herbs into my backyard garden! his love of herbs comes through in his writing and he will make you fall in love as well!
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Henry Beston was an American writer and naturalist, best known as the author of The Outermost House, written in 1925.
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