Alan Chadwick a Gardener of Souls

Lecture by Alan Chadwick in New Market, Virginia, 1979


Lecture 21.1, Herb Study: Tansy

An Introduction to Alan Chadwick's Lectures and a Glossary of Terms



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Tanacetum, a perennial. Propagation by seed or by division. Grows in any soil with full sun. Can attain six feet in height. The whole plant is used medicinally but is best used fresh. Also used as a food flavoring. Ants dislike it intensely, therefore it can be used in the garden to repel insects. As with all perennials, the stalks must not be cut down until they have become completely decadent. Otherwise the vital juices will be robbed from next year's development. In some cases, it is best to wait until spring to remove the dead growth from the last year. Tansy also makes a beautiful green dye. (14:40)



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