Growing and Using Scented Plants
Kyle Cathie, distributed by Reed
health-giving qualities of herbs have long been known, but planting
a garden based on aromatic principles can also be delightfully decorative.
This new book promotes
the aromatherapy garden as a means to health, well-being and pleasure.
Beginning with the ancient vision of the aromatic garden as an 'earthly
paradise', it follows the progress of aromatherapy from the Hanging
Gardens of Babylon through Greek and Roman periods, to the Renaissance
and contemporary design influences.
Garden contemplates the different roles (medicinal, therapeutic
and aesthetic) that scented plants have played throughout history,
and then follows this up with practical advice on how to build a
garden based on scent.
Another chapter deals
with exotic container plants for conservatories - not the traditional
aromatherapy garden but nonetheless a glorious way to enjoy scented
aromatic plants are profiled in detail in a library of aromatic
plants, which covers everything you need to know to grow and use
a host of plants, from Acacia dealbata (which is used in
expensive perfumes) to Viola odorata, the ever-popular
Aromatherapy Garden also features recipes and projects that
demonstrate how to use herbs and aromatic plants to enhance your
home, health and cooking. There are excellent recipes for all manner
of fragrant gifts too, from pot pourri to perfumed wash balls crafted
from soap, lavender and rosewater, herb pillows, tussie mussies,
bath bags and scented, dried wreaths.
Gardener, Issue 100, June 6-26, 2002, Page 28
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH