- Used Books
- Staff Picks
- Gifts & Gift Cards
- Sell Books
- Stores & Events
- Let's Talk Books
Special Offers see all
More at Powell's
Recently Viewed clear list
A Contemplation Upon Flowers: Garden Plants in Myth and Literatureby Bobby Ward
Synopses & Reviews
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.
Book News Annotation:
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names of about 80 garden plants —from acanthus to zinnia—associated with pagan and Christian lore, and literary and historical references.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)
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.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 401-415) and indexes.
About the Author
Bobby J. Ward is past president of the North American Rock Garden Society. He has a degree in plant physiology, received his PhD in botany from North Carolina State University, and is a retired environmental scientist. A dedicated gardener, he has long been interested in plant names and plant lore. His book A Contemplation Upon Flowers: Garden Plants in Myth and Literature won the Quill & Trowel Award of the Garden Writers Association.
What Our Readers Are Saying
Other books you might like