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The Witch's Garden describes over 50 of the world's most powerful, harmful, legendary, and storied plants—from the screaming mandrake to calming St John's Wort to predicting the weather with seaweed, as well as the creation of salves for broken hearts, sore heads, protection from evil spirits, and even to induce immortality. Also, examines the wise women, apothecaries, witches, and herbalists—those who cultivate plants for their apparent mystical properties have existed for thousands of years. This book tells the story of our folkloric fascination with these magical specimens, documenting the beliefs and rituals surrounding the natural world. Illustrated with pages from herbals held within the archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, along with botanical illustrations and archival images depicting magic and mayhem.

Witch's Garden

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