The Realm of Plants

How to Move Like a Gardener

Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants

Deb Soule

Softbound, hundreds of full-color photos

Autographed by the author - while copies last!


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The book's 256 informative pages and more than 200 beautiful color photographs taken in Avena's garden embody Deb Soule's deep love and respect for the spirit of the medicinal plants, with which she has worked for almost forty years.


"This book is astounding! It is everything you want in a book about gardening: good solid practical advice, a spiritual connection to the earth, and visually beautiful. Deb has taken her twenty-five-plus years as a professional medicinal plant gardener and her life-time love of the earth and the plant people, and come up with something very special.This is a must-have book for anyone interested in gardening or the plant people. I promise you this book will be well read, well worn, and well loved.

Karyn Sanders, Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine

"Herbalist Deb Soule offers the reader a beautifully written, heart-centered gardening book that reads as much like a prayer as it does a practical guide for all gardeners, new and experienced; sure to awaken and inspire one to explore creative ways of tending the rich life held in a well-loved garden. The author shares wisdom gleaned through years of cultivating not only soil and plants, but also her research and work with the pollinators, biodynamic practices and favorite tools used in growing simple herbal remedies to nourish the gardener as they heal the Earth. Honoring traditions, ancestors and the sacredness of carrying on the work of the wise herbalists that came before us, Deb reminds us of the blessing of being called to this work!"

Kate Gilday, Herbalist, Woodland Essence

Extraordinary Plant Qualities for Biodynamics

Jochen Bockemühl and Kari Järvinen



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Plants have many qualities that can be harnessed for use in health and beauty products. In the case of biodynamic gardening and agriculture, one of the most important uses of plants is to make spray preparations and compost mixtures in which the various plants can each provide unique benefits.

This beautifully illustrated book considers the qualities of seven plants, showing how their nature and habits relate to the positive characteristics they bring to biodynamic methods. For example, the authors look at how the nettle—with its almost geometrically precise leaf growth and extensive desiccating root system—can bring order to otherwise chaotic soil decay.

In addition to the nettle, the authors also look at the qualities of six other everyday plants - yarrow, chamomile, valerian, oak, dandelion and horsetail - and show how their nature and habits relate to the positive characteristics they can bring to biodynamics.

Fascinating reading, with much to inspire your work in the garden and your appreciation for the unique gift of each plant.

Perceiving Plants - Experiencing Elemental Beings

The Influence of Gnomes, Nymphs, Sylphs and Fire Spirits upon the Life of Plants

Dick van Romunde

Translated by James Lee and Jannebeth Röell



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Perceiving Plants was originally written as an introduction to Rudolf Steiner's Man as Symphony of the Creative Word (newly titled in English as Harmony of the Creative Word). From there, van Romunde expanded it and the result is this amazing little book in which the author teaches us how to become sensitive to the nature beings that sustain and effect plant life.

Whether you begin next to a favorite potted plant or out in a beautiful meadow, you'll find van Romunde teaching you things that will forever change the way you look at the natural world -- and will probably forever change your life. For, once we become truly awake to the helpful nature spirits, it is very difficult to go on as though they didn't exist, as if what we did really didn't matter.

Perceiving Plants offers us a uniquely joyous awakening to both the nature spirits and our own responsibility. A lovesong to both plants and the beings who create within them.

The Living World of Plants

A Book for Children and Students of Nature

Dr. Gerbert Grohmann



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This book can be thought of as a distillation of Grohmann's extensive two-volume study, The Plant. Here, the material is presented in a way that will engage both younger students and the adults who teach them. I find that in many ways, The Living World of Plants, is much more powerful in its capacity to evoke awe at the truly amazing world of plants than his more detailed presentation in The Plant. If you are not conversant with the plant world, but would like to be, this is the book for you. An excellent source book for teachers of all grade levels, whether in school or at home. Can be useful as a reader for children grades 5 and up.

New Eyes for Plants

A Workbook for Observing and Drawing Plants

Margaret Colquhoun and Axel Ewald


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This gorgeous book presents one of the finest ways to get to know and understand the life of plants and their relationship to the world and to us. Approached with a sensitive artistry, the reader is guided through exercises and examples that unveil the vibrancy of plantlife as they refine one's artistic skills. If you have ever longed to really "see" plants in their fullness, this book will guide your way.

Song of the Seven Herbs

Walking Night Bear & Stan Padilla



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You and your children can enter into a beautiful story of how it came to be that the Creator of All Good Things gave healing herbs to the people of the Earth.  It all began when the Creator of All Bad things brought disharmony, and thereby illness, to the world.  Seeing this, the Creator of All Good things made a special plants to cure the illnesses that were brought to the world. 

What follows are the stories of seven herbs that encompass various forms of disharmony and their healing solutions.  You and your children will learn how the plants grow, why the Creator of All Good Things gave them particular healing powers, and how it is that the people use them.  Couched within this myth that resonates with the Greek myth of Pandora's Box story, Genesis 1:12 from the Judeo-Christian tradition, and many other world creations stories, is one of the finest presentations of botanical natural history and herbal wisdom that I have come upon.  Any child who is treated to this book will learn things of value for the entirety of their lives, and in ways that will not soon be forgotten.

Song of the Seven Herbs is just right for the Waldorf 5th grade botany block.  Covered are the following herbs: Stinging Nettle, Yarrow, Dandelion, Violet, Chicory, Wild Rose, Sunflower.  This book is a joy - one to share and return to as often as you need a reminder of the ways of goodness in the world of ours.

Highly recommended for children and adults over age 10.

The Sun Seed

Written and Illustrated by Jan Schubert



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“Early one spring morning, a little seed woke up after her long winter sleep. She yawned and stretched. With a loud CRACK her hard brown jacket fell away. 'Oh!' said the surprised seed. The earth above felt warm.”

... this was just the beginning of big changes to come.

The radiant illustrations in this book are made from dyed wool fibers needlefelted by the author. Jan describes the experience as “painting with a needle.”

(Ages 3–5).

Tree in the Trail

Holling Clancy Holling


Full color and black & white illustrations


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As with Big Tree, Tree in the Trail uses the life of a tree to portray both the passing of history and life cycles of nature. Where Big Tree uses a Redwood to survey the founding moments of Western Civilization, Tree in the Trail is about a Cottonwood and the things that happened within the tree's view over two hundred years along the Santa Fe Trail in the American Southwest. There are animals and people that bring to life the history, both natural and human, of this amazing part of the world. And through all the dramatic changes, the tree continues to stand and grow.

Like Holling's other books, this one is packed with story and teaching; with life itself.

Sacred Flora

World Botany in the Light of Rudolf Steiner's Spiritual Science

Alan Whitehead



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Alan takes us on a fascinating exploration of the plant world, the spiritual realms within and without, medicinal, nutritional and sacred signatures of flora, and much more. Along the way, he delves into the mysteries of death and enlightenment, substances therapeutic and delightful, planetary influences upon plants, the distribution of plant species worldwide and gardening.

Sacred Flora is the sort of book to nibble at and contemplate; or, if you prefer, to dive into and not stop until you emerged drenched in a sparkling new world view. Great as background inspiration for teachers or gardeners. A collection of insight, musing and facts that will have you pondering them over and over again.


  • Sign of Flame, Sign of Smoke: The Pneumical Wedding of Christian Esotericism
  • The Medicine Woman - Sacred Floral Therapy
  • The Medicine Land - Seven Sacred Plant Substances
  • The Medicine Plants - Seven Sacred Spices
  • I Think Speech - I Eat - Five Sacred Floral Foods
  • Fire, Air, Water, Earth - The Cryptic Cryptogamae
  • The World Garden - Seven Planet Plant Influences
  • Annunciation to Ascension - Spectrum Plant Signatures
  • The 4 Elements - A Spiritual & Natural Science Exposition
  • I Had a Good Teacher - Seven Geographic Plant Mansions
  • 12 Days of Community Service - An Esoteric Plant Classification
  • A Botanical Garden? - Every Town Should Have One

The Metamorphosis of Plants

Johann Wolfgang v. Goethe

Translation revised by Anne E. Marshall and Heinz Grotzke from the British Journal of Botany (1863)



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In a way, this little book is responsible for giving modern agriculture, botany, biology - science in general - a method of observation and understanding which includes living relationships of phenomena. If you are looking for a way to get to know the plant world more intimately, you couldn't begin with a better guide. Goethe's presentation is really a collection of short observations, insights, thoughts - collected as he observed various aspects of plant life. Each one can be used for your own meditation and observation - a doorway to greater understanding. There is a lifetime's exploration here - one which will leave you richer every time you visit it.

Goethe & Palladio

Goethe's study of the relationship between art and nature, leading through architecture to the discovery of the metamorphosis of plants

David Lowe/Simon Sharp



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The poet, dramatist, novelist, and scientist, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe had to wait many years before he was able to travel south to Italy, "the land where the lemon trees bloom." He had gained success in several fields, but he had a sense of being trapped and confined and felt a need for light. Italy would give this to him in a number of ways.

Taking as their basis Goethe’s Italian Journey, the authors of this fascinating and unusual study explore how Goethe’s experience of Palladio’s architecture influenced his view of the relationship between art and nature in general and, in particular, helped him form his understanding of metamorphosis, leading to his discovery of the “archetypal plant.”

In his carefully written account of his travels, Goethe seems to oscillate between experiences of architecture and experiences of nature. In nature, he searched for the "archetypal plant," the essential form whose metamorphosis through time would produce the plant we see in its cycle from seed to fruit. In the art and architecture of antiquity and in Palladio’s classical reformulation of it, he tried to understand the purpose and function of artistic creation.

Until now, no one has put these two together. David Lowe and Simon Sharp show for the first time how these seemingly unrelated subjects are related—how the living geometries and volumes of harmoniously proportioned buildings, the “great idea” of architecture, can lead to the intuition of similar principles in nature.

David Lowe and Simon Sharp have worked together for twenty-one years. One of their first projects was the recreation of Goethe’s Italian Journey. They have given numerous workshops and presentations on the subject in the U.S. and U.K., including The British Museum, the German Embassy, and the Edinburgh Festival.

This is must-reading for anyone interested in Goethe's ideas on plants and metamorphosis.

The Plant - Vol. 1

Gerbert Grohmann


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The Plant, in two volumes, is a classic, loving study of the plant world, the fruit of a lifetime of patient and detailed observation of nature. Volume 1 begins with the flowering plant, then turns to the living face of the earth before moving on to consider the threefoldness of the plant and the image of the human being.

I think you'll enjoy these books - whether or not you garden or farm. I have found that they offer enormous food for thought and gave me a basis for a renewed and expanded appreciation of the miracle of the natural world.

The Plant - Vol. 2

Gerbert Grohmann



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In The Plant, Volume 2, Grohmann adds further plant descriptions and extends the cosmological viewpoint presented in Volume 1.

Weeds and What They Tell Us

Ehrenfried E. Pfeiffer



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Weeds and What They Tell Us is one of the most useful books for gardeners, and one that has taught me again and again not only what my garden needs, but also how very wise nature herself is.

Pfeiffer's approach begins with the premise that nature really does know what she is doing, and that weeds grow where they are needed. By learning what each weed is offering to the soil, the discerning gardener or farmer can use organic matter and minerals to effect that same balance. The weed, no longer needed, will soon disappear from the cultivated area.

This wonderful little book covers everything you need to know about the types of plants known as weeds.  Pfeiffer discusses the different varieties of weeds, how they grow and what they can tell us about soil health.  The process of combatting weeds is discussed in principle as well as in practice, so that it can be applied to any situation.

The added bonus of this little book is what you can learn about the nature of plant life and the wonders of the world.