Monday, June 30, 2008

Diana Beresford-Kroeger

The first time I ever saw a perennial foxglove was in the garden of Diana Beresford-Kroeger in Merrickville, Ontario, not far from where I live. Irish-born, Diana is a botanist, medical and agricultural researcher, lecturer and self defined "renegade scientist." Her books "A Garden for Life" and "Arboretum America: A Philosophy of the Forest" are inspirations.
Each year, when my foxglove blooms, I pull one of Diana's books off the shelf and read a bit more of it, inspiring me to connect with the earth. Time spent in her garden (or with one of her books) is truly an inspiration. To read more, click here.


kate said...

Love your foxglove. It has inspired tomorrow's post...

Lucie B said...

Do you know if Diana Beresford-Kroeger still opens her garden to the public from time to time? I have bought her book Arboreteum America and used it as a wonderful source of inspiration and knowledge in planting some 60 trees last year.

Harold said...

In New York Times Aug 12, 2008SCIENTIST AT WORK: DIANA BERESFORD-KROEGER - Advocating an Unusual Role for Trees

The article mentions her gardens still are open to the public.

The article talks also about (really, just barely hints at) her assertions and theories about the healing potential of the chemicals plants produce. I would love to contact her. Does anyone have her email? If you can share it with me, email me at
smarzaqail at-sign farifluset period mailexpire period com

Stuart said...

Diana Beresford-Kroeger has a new book published today by Viking in the US and Canada called The Global Forest.

You can find a recent interview with her here:

and more information about her here:


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