Plants of Magic, Plants of Life
Submitted by Kathleen Trafton, Greenleaf Garden Club · November 03, 2011
Besty Williams shows of the decorative Thanksgiving basket she created at the recent Greenleaf Garden Club Meeting. Carol Gregoire photo
The Greenleaf Garden Club October meeting was a magical event. Designer and author Betsy Williams discussed the history of Halloween herbs and Thanksgiving plants during her program, Plants of Magic, Plants of Life - Halloween & Thanksgiving.
Members learned about plants the ancient Celts used to ward off evil spirits roaming the earth on All Hallows' Eve, such as Sweet Bay, Garlic, Sage, Angelica, Oak, Ash and Hawthorne. Williams displayed a decorative Halloween Basket consisting of these historically magic plants.
Williams also discussed the origins of harvest celebrations throughout the world, thanking God the harvest would allow families to survive the upcoming winter. A decorative Thanksgiving basket was displayed featuring Tansy, oak leaves, apples, onions, potatoes, garlic seed heads, golden yarrow, Juniper and pomegranates, the plants of life.
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The Greenleaf Garden Club of Milford is a member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. and the Garden Club Federation of MA, Inc.