The awe and terror of this new garden

Ralph Waldo Emerson had little use for tourism. The great essayist preferred to conduct his transcendental rambles from the comfort of his rocking chair in Concord, Massachusetts, where he spent most of his adult life. It’s true that he crisscrossed the American heartland for decades as a fixture of the lyceum lecture circuit, but that … Read more

Healing, Dangerous Wonders: On Sylvia Legris’s “Garden Physic”

JULY 5, 2022 Give me truths;For I am wary of the surfaces,And die of inanition. If I knewOnly the Herbs and simples of the wood,Rue, cinquefoil, gill, vervain, and agrimony … — Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Blight” (1844) In all Diseases, strengthen the part of the Body afflicted. — Nicholas Culpeper, Culpeper’s Complete Herbal (1653) ¤ … Read more