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 Many historical references have been included from a wide range of Irish literature.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.