Theme Gardens

A Build-Your-Own Book
By C. Weinberg

Theme Gardens is the only book you customize.
Select and order only the chapters you want!


The Gardens
 Description Price
The Shakespearean  Garden A comprehensive list of the herbs, flowers and other plants referred to in the works of Shakespeare, including the verse references, and full quotations.
The Bible Garden (See also The Religious Gardens chapter)
This detailed chapter lists the plants mentioned in the Bible, and includes verse references, and quotations.

The Religious Gardens (see also The Bible Garden chapter)
Includes: The Madonna Garden, Saints Garden, The Devil's Garden, The Garden of Eden, Christmas Garden, Easter Garden, Corpus Deus Garden, Joseph's Garden, Prayer Garden, Jacob's Garden, and The Lord's Favorites Garden.
The Bath Perfume & Aphrodisiac Gardens Here is information on the most common plants used in making cosmetics and natural bath products such as soaps, bath oils, creams, cleansers and hair conditioners. Also includes a section on Basic Herbal Preparations.

The Perfume Garden showcases plants that have been used to make things smell better since time began. Your senses will thank you!

After you have bathed and scented yourself, use any of these many herbs and flowers  that are believed to have aphrodisiac properties. Includes lots of interesting stories!
The Fairy Garden Some fairies are sweet and dainty. Some are capricious and arrogant. Fairies, elves, gnomes, trolls, and goblins appear in tales from cultures around the world. Interestingly, almost all these entities have a close connection to nature. Here is a list that crosses many cultural borders, to include many plants, and their tales, that have some connection to this fanciful population.
The Bird, Hummingbird & Butterfly Gardens Birds are beautiful and fun to watch. They also eat many insect pests, making being out in the garden so much more comfortable for you and your vegetables. This list will help you attract more birds to your garden, because the plants will offer them a choice selection of their favorite foods.

The Hummingbird chapter has information on how to attract Hummingbirds. These tiny beauties will flock to your garden if you grow the plants on this list of their favorite food sources. The added bonus is that the flowers at which Hummingbirds like to feed are almost at beautiful as the birds themselves.

Butterflies add a delicate and beautiful touch to the garden. Each type of butterfly needs a particular plant for feeding. You can increase the numbers and variety of these wonderful summer visitors to your garden by growing the specific flowers and plants in this list - all the very ones that the different butterflies need.


The Psychedelic Garden

This is a list of plants all reputed to have psychoactive properties. The information is presented for information purposes only. Even in this small spot, I include these words of most ardent discouragement:

The Everlasting, Craft, Dye & Potpourri Garden  Never pay craft supply store prices again! It is so easy to grow your own, there should be a law against purchasing store-bought! Here is a list of flowers, foliage, vines and seed pods that are so simple to grow, harvest and dry for your own crafting.

The traditional art of potpourri goes back to medieval times. You can practice this art by growing the herbs and flowers on this list, and using them to create your own potpourri, which can become your own signature fragrance for your home.

Plants have been used as a source of dye since before recorded time. This chapter includes a list of plants used to make dyes, and the colors they produce.
The Edible Flower Garden Edible flowers make great garnishes, and can also be used in salads, soups, many entrees, and desserts. Some flowers are spicy, some are sweet or floral tasting, and others taste like a bean or mild vegetable. Consider this chapter as a list of munchable color!
The Vampire Garden This is a tongue-in-cheek garden - designed for the Goth deep within each of us. Try not to lick your lips too obviously, as you show your garden visitors your beautiful examples of Bloodroot, Love-Lies-Bleeding, Blood Flowers......

Following the Goth theme, this chapter also has a list of
black or near-black colored plants, grasses, flowers, fruits and vegetables. Have fun with this one!

The Household Help Garden Plants that can be used as natural insecticides and repellents, for all manner of creeping, crawling and flying beasties.
The Pickling & Preserving Garden
The Vitamin Garden
The way to ensure a pantry filled with a rainbow of sparkling jars, brimming with the goodness of summer, is to start with a garden filled with these fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. As they grow, they will store sunshine, flavor and nutrients, which you can "put away" to enjoy throughout the winter.

All vegetables were not created equal! Sorted by vitamin and mineral, here is a list of vegetables that pack the most nutritional punch.

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