In her post below, Autumn fondly remembers her grandmother. My new herbal is dedicated to my own dear Grandmother Mack who knew the names of every tree and wildflower, beyond what I can summon, and would be proud of my efforts. 

Finally, after abundant research, writing, and seemingly endless revising, Plants for a Medieval Herb Garden in the British Isles is available in kindle at Amazon. Daughter Elise did the gorgeous cover and is working on getting this into print, but with over 100 images in the herbal, that will take some doing.

I initially embarked on this undertaking last year for the workshop I gave focused on herbs and medicinal plants of the British Isles. Participants were so enthusiastic, as have been many who follow my blog, that I was inspired to go all out and turn this project into a much longer work. No small effort, but I enjoyed the process and learned a lot along the way. I’m always learning because this is such a vast trove of material to delve into. I’ve also had fun choosing images to illustrate this book. Some are photographs of our garden taken by Elise, many are royalty free images I purchased, and a few are in public domain. I hope you enjoy Plants for a Medieval Herb Garden in the British Isles. A lot of these plants were brought to America with the early colonists and are widespread here now. Others are well and truly British and Scottish.
thyme with honey beeBook Description:  An illustrated collection of plants that could have been grown in a Medieval Herb or Physic Garden in the British Isles. The major focus of this work is England and Scotland, but also touches on Ireland and Wales. Information is given as to the historic medicinal uses of these plants and the rich lore surrounding them. Journey back to the days when herbs figured into every facet of life, offering relief from the ills of this realm and protection from evil in all its guises.~


  1. Barbara Monajem // March 8, 2014 at 9:19 AM  

    Wow! This is fabulous, Beth! I bought a copy. Is there any chance you will put it out on paperback?

  2. Beth Trissel // March 8, 2014 at 9:43 AM  

    Yes, Elise is formatting it now. Quite an effort, but she will master is, and thanks!

  3. Mary Ricksen // March 8, 2014 at 2:24 PM  

    I want it as soon as out in paperback, let us know!!!

  4. Autumn Jordon // March 8, 2014 at 7:13 PM  

    Beautiful cover, Beth. Congrats, Elise for me. And congrats to you for all your hard work come to fruition.

    I'd love to have this in a hard copy. Do you have plans to release it print?

  5. Mary Marvella // March 8, 2014 at 10:05 PM  

    That's our Amazing Beth! Gorgeous cover!

  6. Beth Trissel // March 9, 2014 at 11:58 AM  

    Thanks guys! And I will let you know when it is out in print.

  7. Josie // March 10, 2014 at 1:32 PM  

    Beth, Super congrats on another wonderfully researched book.
    Elise, as usual, designed an eye-catching cover. Best wishes on your continuing success!

  8. debjulienne // March 11, 2014 at 12:29 PM  

    I love garden remedies. A few years back I had a bad case of poison oak and nothing was working, bleach, ajax...yeah, I know...but the remedy that knocked it out was from my garden. Honeysuckle leaves and water, put through a blender and kept in the fridge...blot on several times a day. After one day, it did more than anything else I have tried, was gone in less than a week

  9. Pamela Varnado // March 14, 2014 at 12:03 PM  

    Your knowledge of plants and herbs amazes me. Please let me know when your book comes out in print.