A Contemplation Upon Flowers

A Contemplation Upon Flowers

Garden Plants in Myth and Literature

Book - 1999
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Workman Press.
This is a perfect bedside book for the literate gardener and makes a terrific gardener's gift book. It is an entertaining survey of 80 plant genera, with a multitude of references to, and extracts from, myth and literature from Shakespeare to the Victorian language of flowers. Based on prodigious research, it includes much literature that has fallen into undeserved obscurity, as well as selections from the great poets. It is a delightful study of the influence of the world's flora on humanity, from the mundane to the mystical.

An entertaining survey of 80 plant genera, with a multitude of references to, and extracts from, myth and literature throughout the ages. This delightful book will inspire you to look at your own garden in a new light, based on what William Blake or the ancient Romans said about them.

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A retired environmental scientist waxes poetically and botanically about the origins of the popular names of about 80 garden plants from acanthus to zinnia associated with pagan and Christian lore, and literary and historical references. Includes verse quotes, line drawings, and a lovely art cover. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Portland, OR : Timber Press, c1999
ISBN: 9780881924695
0881924695
Branch Call Number: 809.933 WAR
Characteristics: 446 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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