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Herb speaker

Went yesterday to a meeting of the American Herb Society held
at the John Jay Homestead - a NY State Park.  The speaker was
Dierdre Larkin, whom we had heard before.  She spoke this time
on Medieval Plants for the Modern Garden.  Years ago, maybe
15, I had been in charge of getting speakers for workshops at a
Central Atlantic Regional Garden Club meeting, and had her to
do a marvelous talk on "Plants in the Unicorn Tapestry." She was
at that time curator of the herb garden at the Cloisters in NY City.
She is now in charge of all plantings at the Cloisters.  She is both
a horticulturist and a historian.
Her talk was fascinating, illustrated with great slides, and filled
with interesting tidbits.  For instance I have often wondered if
the yellow primulas were Cow Slips or Cows Lips.  She told us
that Cowslip was an euphamism for Cowflops (which is itself
an euphamism for you-know-what) since they grew in pastures.
If this lady ever comes your way, don't miss the chance to 
hear her.

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