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Sally Festing

Sally Festing has always been interested in the links between man, art and landscape. After taking a degree in horticulture at Wye College, she lived in the US, working as a private secretary, in nursery gardens, and selling cosmetics on a university campus while bringing up a young family.

Back in England, she taught in secondary schools until she started writing. This led to journalism, poetry, radio plays, reviews and five books, of which two art biographies went into Penguin paperback. Skipping boundaries between art and science, she has written academic Garden History articles, profiles for the New Scientist and written for a decade in the Times Ed. supplements. She has also chaired Leicester Poetry Society and read at Poetry Wells-Next-the-Sea.

Brought up in Cambridge, Sally has had lifelong connections with East Anglia. She now lives in Manningtree where she runs a Poetry Society Stanza group, and in North Norfolk.

The Story of Lavender

The Story of Lavender

Sally Festing
ISBN 978 1 85215 1829

Since Gerard, the Elizabethan herbalist, prescribed lavender for 'the panting and passion of the heart’, it has been grown for a huge variety of uses, decorative, medicinal and cosmetic.

Sally Festing covers the history, folklore, cultivation and horticultural uses of one of our best-loved plants in this thoroughly updated and enlarged 3rd edition. There are new chapters on Nomenclature, UK Lavender Farms, World Cultivation, and a scientific survey of the plants' use in Medicine and Aromatherapy. Sixteen colour plates make up 32 illustrations in a book that lists specialist nurseries and lavender farms throughout the UK.

Whether you want to buy and grow the right cultivar for your garden, visit a lavender farm near you to watch distillation in July, or to make a more cerebral investigation of attitudes towards lavender, your needs are met in this lively, informative and beautifully illustrated book. A perfect present.

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