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The earth shall blossom : Shaker herbs and gardening
Beale, Galen, 1942-
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Woodstock, Vt. : Countryman Press, [1991]

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xxiv, 263 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 23 cm
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BX9785.H6 B43 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This book explores the Shakers' herb gardening heritage. It combines colorful history, practical growing and harvesting advice, and a guide to existing Shaker gardens. You will learn here how to plan and plant you own Shaker garden-a garden you will enjoy all the more by understanding its links to a tradition that began in 1774. "The Earth Shall Blossom" provides: * Designs for your own color, fragrance, tea, culinary, or medicinal gardens * Gardening tips from the 19th-century Shakers' Manual as well as up-to-date advice on growing and preserving herbs * Descriptions of restored Shaker gardens from Maine to Kentucky * Shaker herbal recipes for kitchen, bath, and medicinal use * Over 60 illustrations, including period prints All of this is woven in with the entertaining and engaging history of the Shakers' agrarian life and their pioneering herb and herbal remedy business.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Who are the Shakers?p. xiii
Shaker Timelinep. xvii
Shaker Communitiesp. xxiv
1. Creating a "Heaven on Earth"p. 1
2. The Development of the Shakers' Herb Businessp. 19
3. "If You Want a Splendid Garden, Buy the Shakers' Garden Seeds"p. 35
4. Shaker Gardens Todayp. 45
5. "Persevering Faithfulness": Creating Your Shaker Herb Gardenp. 63
6. "The Power to Heal": The Shakers' Medical Practicesp. 101
7. The First Herbalistsp. 115
8. The Age of the Curep. 133
9. Culinary Herbsp. 155
10. Domestic Uses of Herbsp. 177
11. "These Shall Speak with Touching Power": Shaker Catalogsp. 203
Appendix I Shaker Catalogp. 219
Appendix II Medicinal Herb Catalogsp. 223
Appendix III Seed Catalogsp. 229
Notesp. 235
Bibliographyp. 251
Indexp. 259