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Renfrew publishes historical garden book-CD

December 04, 2009

Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Studies announces a new publication, "Moon Rue & Mary's Root: Plants of the Pennsylvania Dutch Four-Square Garden," by faculty member and staff biologist, Doris Armstrong Goldman.

The book has been produced in electronic format and is available on CD with universally accessible PDF files.

The comprehensive volume covers more than 400 plants -- cultivated and wild -- grown and used by Pennsylvania Germans (also called Pennsylvania Dutch) in their traditional "four square" gardens.

Entries include fruits, vegetables, cooking herbs, ornamentals, and plants used for medicines, soaps, perfumes and children's toys from around 1800 through the Civil War era. More than 100 botanical illustrations highlight the text.

The CD costs $20 plus tax.

To purchase a copy, contact the institute office at 717-762-0373 or by email at renfrewinst@innernet.net.

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