“A charming but thorough insight into the all-encompassing role that plants played in daily life in communities up and down England prior to the mid-18th century”

Guernsey Press


“Did you know that nettle fibres were once used to make clothes? And thin onion skins foretold a mild winter? … These are just some nuggets of traditional herbal folklore that Sue McDowall has unearthed in her absorbing new book”

The Journal


“The depth of research and the accurate, detailed bibliography and references make this a ‘must’ for students of English social history, plant-lovers and budding botanists alike. The fascinating insight into plant-related topics like seasonal customs, herbal medicines, cosmetics, dyes, domestic products, ales, food, omens, beliefs, witchcraft and astrology make this a future classic that deserves a wider audience beyond academia”

The Alderney Press