Green fingered book fairies share copies of The Gardener’s Handbook and Plant Names Explained…

“Gardeners seized their chance.”

The Book Fairies have been busy sharing copies of both Gardener’s Folklore and Plant Names Explained in green spaces all around the UK today!

About Gardener’s Folklore:

Ever wondered if there’s any truth behind planting by the moon? Or why wassailing is still a common folk practice in some parts of the world? In Gardener’s Folklore, the record of these practices is unveiled, with plenty of tips and tricks to try in your own 21st century garden for blooming bushes and plentiful potatoes.

First published in 1976, Gardener’s Folklore collects the little bits of magic and myth to be found in the gardens of Britain and North America. Compiled from letters sent by gardeners to the author Margaret Baker, it unravels and documents the mysterious sayings and scraps of knowledge that are passed down through generations, while exploring the science of the time that backed up – or in some cases, didn’t – the claims that were made.

This delightfully written book shows just what people have believed and still believe will help their plants to grow. The observance of lunar and astrological conditions when planting, ways of encouraging fruit-bearing and discouraging pests, beliefs about the effects of climate and calendar, spells, the influence for good and bad of certain plants, the links between owners and trees – these are only a few of the aspects of gardening lore that are discussed.

Gleaned from the people who grew up with them, they have much to say about our rural origins as well as having, here and there, implications for our future. Capturing the knowledge that old-time gardeners used to have remarkable successes, the ancient secrets of a happy healthy garden are shared for a new generation of green-fingered plant-lovers.

About Plant Names Explained:

If you, like many gardeners, have a fascination for plant names and their derivations, but stop short of wanting to study botanical nomenclature in great depth, this book is for you! Precise naming is essential to be able to identify plants accurately and most gardeners have at least some knowledge of ‘botanical Latin’. But a plant’s full botanical name does much more than give it a unique label. The name can often tell you where the plant originated, who discovered it, what shape it is, and much else besides.

What’s more, the name can be used and understood anywhere in the world. This is a book to have with you at the garden centre, and one to keep beside your bed for an entertaining read. Plant Names Explained is an indispensable guide and makes the subject accessible, enjoyable and fun.

It shows not only how plant names work, but also how you can make use of them in entertaining as well as practical ways. A selective alphabetical listing of botanical names and their explanations is accompanied by features exploring cultivar names, with translations of foreign terms and lists of plants you can link with special occasions and celebrations, or with personal names. Other features highlight the places, people and plant characteristics that lie behind the names: gardens and nurseries, countries and cities, plant hunters and gardeners, colours, characteristics and habitats.

Get your hands on a book:

If you didn’t stumble upon a book today, do not worry! You can still get your hands on a copy from your local bookshop. If you prefer to buy your books online, you can find both Gardener’s Folklore and Plant Names Explained from Bookshop.org, and still support independent shops!

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