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Ireland’s Generous Nature

Ireland’s Generous Nature
by Peter Wyse Jackson

Ireland’s Generous Nature is the first ever comprehensive account of the historical and present-day uses of wild plant species in Ireland. It records a wealth of traditional knowledge about plant use that has largely been lost or is quickly disappearing. More than 1500 wild plants are detailed in a systematic list (including both their Irish and English vernacular names). Many historical references have been included from a wide range of Irish literature.

This lively and scholarly book shows how plants have been used in virtually every aspect of human life: food, clothes, medicine, construction, drinks, veterinary medicine, human health, beauty, and even death. The book is richly illustrated with with photographs by the author as well as botanical paintings by artist Lydia Shackleton (1828-1914). Scientific and historical facts are intertwined with myth, superstition, and tales that offer an unrivaled account of the rich heritage of Irish plants.

Ireland’s Generous Nature, a nominee for the 2015 CBHL Annual Literature Award, is included in our New Books List for November 30, 2015.

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