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Re: Maud Grieve and Hilda Leyel

September 19 2008 at 9:51 AM
Anthony George Lyman-Dixon 
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Response to Re: Maud Grieve and Hilda Leyel


Hi Debs,

Two brief questions

Firstly Teetgen's "Profitable Herb Growing and Collecting" 1919 goes on at some length about the multiple virtues of the "....school of herbal culture at Chalfont St Peter" but never mentions Mrs Grieve by name. Why not? On whose shoes had she trodden?

Secondly, was Fernie a real person? A friend from the organisation with one of the largest medicinal herb libraries in the country suggested recently that "Fernie" was a Nom de Plume. In the absence of any hint of biographical detail about this most influential of men, I think my friend was probably right. So has anyone ever managed to uncover the real Fernie?


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