A thoughtful, historical approach sets this apart from recent how-to books on herb gardening. Information is culled from the earliest recorded treatises of Roman Britain right up to documentation of present-day planting schemes of Royal Horticultural Society properties. Sanecki's research is wide-ranging and her book full of interesting minutiae, like magical meanings. Still, it offers an in-depth study of many individuals who contributed significantly to the field of botany. This handsomely turned-out volume should prove to be a fine resource, since much of the material here, including illustrations from various esoteric sources, will not be found in other publications.
A fascinating and charming survey of the art of herb growing from the tenth century to the present, mainly as it has developed in England. The author's text is enhanced by quotations from ancient medieval and Anglo-Saxon herbals, and illustrated with medieval prints and book plates as well as color and black-and-white photographs of 20th- century gardens. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)