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It took me 3 years to write this book, it was a real labour of love and I hope that it is
invaluable to anyone serious about organic gardening or those simply interested in how things were done in former ages, Celtic Europe in particular.It's meant to be informative but also very practical as well. Currently available here, at OBOD bookshop, or on Ebay.
'The Druid Garden explores everything from the transformative magic of composting, to tips for planning, planting and on-going care. This engaging and informative book is a must for both the seasoned gardener and the curious beginner keen to embrace both the sustainable and the sacred in their gardens.' Philip Carr-Gomm, author of Druid Mysteries
'In this magical book, ”The Druid Garden”, Luke Eastwood has gathered the essential ,wisdom and knowledge required specifically to assist all those, the new ,generation of gardeners, who wish to learn more about the art of grown trees and plants by tapping into the timeless wisdom and knowledge of our magical past.' Mattheus Wagter, Former Chairman of the Biodynamic Association of Ireland
It is rare to find a gardening book that provides extensive practical information while clearly honouring the sacred. In The Druid Garden, Luke Eastwood manages to do exactly that. Using easily accessible language, he provides us with a comprehensive guide to gardening imbued with innate spirituality and environmentalism. A master gardener and Druid, Luke blends ancient wisdom with hands-on experience and shows how this knowledge can be used by modern day gardeners for the benefit of the Earth and all creation. Suitable for beginners as well as experienced gardeners, this book is packed with valuable information and is a precious gift for our world in these times. Carole Guyett, author of Sacred Plant Initiations
'A brilliant 'go-to' book to assist your journey into the healing and spiritual aspects of the natural world through gardening. Practical yet poetic, not just for Druids!' Emma Farrell, Founder of Plant Consciousness
The Druid Garden is a fascinating journey into the heart of human interaction with the natural world. It deftly weaves together history, practice, and spirituality into a cohesive whole. An essential aid both for those seeking practical advice for growing a garden and those seeking a more harmonious approach to the world around them.
Morgan Daimler, author of A New Dictionary of Fairies and Where the Hawthorn Grows
Combining history, philosophy, folklore, science and sustainability, this book shows you how to bring Druidic principles into your garden. For me, this is a perfect demonstration of how to be a modern Druid. Nimue Brown, author of Pagan Planet & Druidry And The Future
Luke Eastwood’s book The Druid Garden is an authoritative and comprehensive approach to the subject. The book begins with the big picture, an exploration of the history of gardens, before focusing the reader on the many different layers of soil that make up the ground beneath our feet. Practicalities of gardening, such as planting, creating ponds, even keeping fowls and bees, are combined with spiritual elements; the section about how to connect with the plants in your garden is particularly insightful. ...This is an invaluable resource for both the novice and more experienced gardener alike.
Andrew Anderson, author of The Ritual of Writing and Pagan Portals: Artio and Artaois
In this age of high technology, GM foods and industrial farming, many people are looking for an alternative way to live, that honours and respects the natural world. The Druid Garden mines the deep seem of gardening through the ages and alternative modern developments, to bring the reader a method of gardening that is truly in touch with the Earth. Drawing on the knowledge of the Druids and other ancient cultures, Luke Eastwood has created a practical guide to organic and natural methods that are proven to work. Advice for the total beginner, through to the experienced, ties together Druidic wisdom with the best of gardening knowledge. Part of this book is a handy alphabetical guide to trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, giving a wealth of information on history and folklore, as well as practical details on plant care and growing from seed.This book is invaluable to anyone serious about organic gardening or those simply interested in how things were done in former ages, Celtic Europe in particular. The Pagan & The Pen
I have just finished reading this book and it was an extraordinary experience ...The Druid Garden really does act as a gardener’s bible; covering what appears to be literally everything that you need to know including tree, plants, herbs, weeds and fruit... If you are involved in gardening in any way I think you will find this to be a very informative read. If, like me, you know nothing or very little, your eyes will be truly opened and this book will prove to be essential. There is a great deal of practical advice to get you started; experience and getting your hands dirty will teach you a lot. And if you are interested in trees, then working with this book will greatly enhance your experience. Indeed, you will come to better understand all plant life and the cycles of nature as you work with the author’s guidance. The Druid Network
This might be one of the most comprehensive gardening books I have ever read. Luke has written a masterly book on everything you might possibly need to know inspired by his extensive knowledge of druidry. Even if you have no interest in druid culture at all this book is still a fantastic gardening book and the themes within it are relevant and important. This is a book about connecting with nature to create a better garden and environment for ourselves. The Blackberry Garden
With great research, fantastic theoretical knowledge and excellent practical tips from his own hands-on experience The Druid Garden has information on everything you need to begin or enhance your own gardening in a natural and organic way. With chapters on composting, trees (with information on ‘uses’ and cultivation), shrubs and herbaceous plants (ditto), growing your own fruit and veg. and the very practical dealing with pests and diseases, to the Druidic ritual ingestion of plants and growing with the four elements, this book has something for everyone. Indie Shaman Magazine
This is a fine production, nicely typeset and well laid out with elegant line drawings by Elena Danaan. Luke shares his narrative on druidry and the destructive ecological changes that are the result of the growth of the human population and the industrial revolu- tion. He advocates a biodiversity-friendly approach to the garden. This is his “attempt to unite two disciplines -Druidism and Gardening”. Touchstone Magazine
The Druid Garden acts also as an interesting and useful reference book for any horticultural collection. It gives as detailed information on plant cultivation as many other garden manuals, albeit centering on those species which Western European Celts would have more readily encountered. There are theoretical insights and practical methodologies for such things as plant propagation, soil improvement and compost production. The additional bonus really is the symbolic and alternative therapy applications of the plants included...The Druid Garden serves as a marvellous starting point for the exploration of the variety of subjects it touches upon. I’ve certainly been busy researching topics Eastwood mentions since I first opened the book, and am seeing all gardens in a spiritually reinvigorated way now. Kevin W Gelder