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How does your magickal garden grow?... With violets,
rosemary, and yarrow to attract faeries; an apple tree for love and
health; and a circle of stones in some tucked-away corner? Whether you
live in a cottage in the woods, a home in the suburbs, or a city
apartment with a small balcony, a powerful and enchanted realm awaits
you. Discover the secret language and magickal properties of the trees
and flowers, herbs and plants found growing around you, and learn how to
create your own witch's garden.

Written with down-to-earth humor
by a master gardener who is also a practicing witch, this creative and
encouraging guide will inspire gardeners of all ages and experience
levels. It includes a journal section that makes it easy to keep track
of your progress, practical gardening advice, personal stories, and
garden witchery lore and magick. Inside, you'll get the dirt on:


  • Flower folklore
  • Moon gardening and astrological
    timing
  • Faerie magick
  • Beginning to advanced
    witchcraft
  • Floral and herbal spells
  • Sabbat
    celebrations
  • Witch crafts (sachets, wreaths, charm bags)

  • Creating sacred space
  • Shade, moonlight, and sun
    gardens
  • Enchanted houseplant and container gardens

  • Magickal herbal correspondences
  • Garden blessings

2004 COVR Award Winner


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Reviews for Garden Witchery: Magick from the Ground Up:

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Aug 15, 2013

A lot of Ellen Dugan’s magick is done with plant materials, and she tries to grow a lot of it. Most people think of herbs when they think of magickal plants, but in this volume, she writes points out how many plants that frequently aren’t considered magickal can be used; trees, perennials, even groundcovers. She presents many lists of correspondences: flower colors, planetary, days of the week, and gods & goddesses as they related to the plants, allowing you to match the plant to the intent A lot of Ellen Dugan’s magick is done with plant materials, and she tries to grow a lot of it. Most people think of herbs when they think of magickal plants, but in this volume, she writes points out how many plants that frequently aren’t considered magickal can be used; trees, perennials, even groundcovers. She presents many lists of correspondences: flower colors, planetary, days of the week, and gods & goddesses as they related to the plants, allowing you to match the plant to the intent of your spell. She tells you how the moon relates to planting, and about the Victorian language of flowers. There is a section on crafting with plants, using them in seasonal celebrations, and, finally, how to set up a sacred space in your garden.

It’s a very useful garden book for the beginning garden/hedge witch. Dugan writes in a style that makes even a list of facts into a fast, easy read.
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May 04, 2017

I had wanted to read Garden Witchery for years. Though it was a pleasant read, I am not sure how much useful information that I got from it. It’s true that I already know a lot about gardening and plants, having wrangled with several problem yards and grown some decent gardens. I thought I knew considerably less about witchery, my main connection being an awareness of the seasons and their various flowers, foods, holidays and crafts. Yet, I already knew much of what is in the book. It seems very I had wanted to read Garden Witchery for years. Though it was a pleasant read, I am not sure how much useful information that I got from it. It’s true that I already know a lot about gardening and plants, having wrangled with several problem yards and grown some decent gardens. I thought I knew considerably less about witchery, my main connection being an awareness of the seasons and their various flowers, foods, holidays and crafts. Yet, I already knew much of what is in the book. It seems very basic, and in fact I found it in the children’s section at my local library, which surprised me because some sections do not seem quite kid-appropriate (bad librarian!).

If you are new to gardening, Garden Witchery will give you a good idea of how to work in the garden throughout the seasons, celebrating each in its turn. If you’ve never made a dream pillow, love charm, bath salts, or seasonal wreath, you will find good instructions for these and other crafts here. You will also learn about the traditional symbolism of various garden flowers and herbs, how to plant using astrology and the days of the week, and how to attract faeries to the garden (though the latter seem like more trouble than they’re worth). This is a charming book for those who want to connect with the seasons through gardening. It presents modern-day pagan concepts in a refreshingly unpretentious way.

My favorite section was on moon gardening: how to produce a scented garden that looks lovely by moonlight, including ways to honor various moon goddesses. For example a gazing ball symbolizes the full moon goddess (Selene) while enhancing the garden’s beauty. I also liked the At-a-Glance guides to plant correspondences (plants to use for prosperity, love, healing, creativity, and protection) and crystal and stone magic (symbolism of various gemstones). I also found the many short quotes about gardening at the beginning of sections inspiring.

Beginning gardeners, especially those with children, will find this book useful. Readers who want to learn about the modern-day pagan way of life in a friendly, plant-based way will also enjoy it. ...more
5

Oct 25, 2009

Great information for anyone who loves to add a little magick to thier gardening!! By the way you dont have to have a yard to enjoy this book!
5

Jul 08, 2008

I learned so much about gardening from this book. It got me so excited about gardening
4

Apr 23, 2013

interesting and positive. I need all the help I can get, so if that means planting some specific plant in my garden, I will ;-)
1

May 08, 2009

I just got this book using an Amazon certificate. I am starting to garden, growing tomatoes, herbs, etc., so this looks like a book for me.
5

Sep 06, 2016

I enjoyed reading this book. It has given me a lot of good ideas for my patio garden I'll be making next summer.
3

Jan 12, 2008

Ellen Dugan writes very sweet, very basic books on witchcraft. An excellent book for those who are very new to gardening and the craft but not a good supplement book for those who have a good understanding of the topic.
5

Dec 23, 2016

Excellent introduction to not only garden witchery, but starting your own garden as well. I cannot wait to begin come January to turn my yard into a sanctuary! Her stories were fascinating, and her information well-researched and tested.

Review on my blog coming soon...
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Jan 28, 2013

a well written and informative book, a little to much to take in all at once for me. the beauty of a book like this is it sits on my bookshelf and gets picked up as a references when i start my planting in the garden and when i go to harvest for magical purposes
5

Jun 15, 2014

SO much great information, advice, ideas... I can't wait for this spring when I can start planting herbs! I bought this book after getting it at the library, since I can see myself referring to it over and over.
3

Oct 26, 2016

I gathered some good poetic quotes from centuries before, and a few correspondences, but I think her writing here is rather simplistic and scarce. I have higher standards in mind, but have made cute drawingings inspired by a few in book.
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Jun 13, 2012

i thought that this was a great book
full of useful information, ideas, spells and stories
if ur a witch who loves to garden or one that wants to get into gardening
then this would be a great book for u to add to ur collection
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Sep 10, 2011

This was jam packed with great information. But I find it very hard to go back and reference things quickly when I need to refresh my memory. So I did like it, but somehow the organization of the book doesn't work for me.
4

Jun 29, 2007

A wonderful reference for the gardening witch. There are sample garden layouts, information on both growing and using various and sundry plants, and just a wealth of information for green witches. I adore this book.
4

Jul 01, 2014

I feel this book was a good starter book for learning how to. I don't like that it was written in the form it was, like a fiction book. I think it should have had different chapters that were more with points and spells.
It is written as if you are listening to a person tell you all about things at a coffee table along with her own experiences.
Enjoy!
5

Feb 17, 2011

Whether or not you ascribe to the religious aspects of Dugan's notions about gardening, the book still makes itself relevant and useful to anyone who enjoys a well-planted yard. Leaving aside magical associations, Dugan knows her stuff: she's been an award-winning gardender and horticulturist for years and knows what she speaks. Also useful are the aromatherapy and alternative health recipes.
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Dec 22, 2013

Ellen is a good writer that makes her books interesting, which in turn makes them easy to read even though they're guide books more than books one would read for pleasure. This book has a lot of relevant gardening information whether or not you follow her religion, and if you do follow her religion she has a lot of good spells and information for using herbs in your spells.
5

Jan 01, 2011

The two best things about this book are:

1. It is full of practical gardening advice including zone ratings and lighting information for all the plants listed.
2. It has chart after chart of correspondences for the flowers, herbs, shrubs, and trees she mentions.

I cannot wait for the winter to end so I can go play in my garden again!
5

May 09, 2009

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Adult/High School-With good-humored flair, Dugan offers a practical introduction to gardening that incorporates an eclectic blend of Wiccan and magical traditions. The author encourages readers to work hard to make the garden "a place where both our metaphysical and ordinary lives begin to thrive together." Outlining basic principles such as working with the directions and the elements, moon phases, and color, the author shows how this lore, rooted in a respect for nature, also forms the basis Adult/High School-With good-humored flair, Dugan offers a practical introduction to gardening that incorporates an eclectic blend of Wiccan and magical traditions. The author encourages readers to work hard to make the garden "a place where both our metaphysical and ordinary lives begin to thrive together." Outlining basic principles such as working with the directions and the elements, moon phases, and color, the author shows how this lore, rooted in a respect for nature, also forms the basis of good gardening practice. She offers succinct and useful information on a great variety of topics such as astrology, fairies, herbal spells and charms, crafts, and journaling, and on dealing with an equal variety of garden situations and types. Throughout, she suggests excellent sources for further information, including the Extension Service, the Poison Control Center, and the public library, and she offers an extensive bibliography (mostly of magic literature). The good advice and sound horticultural practice found here can help novices and/or budding garden witches to discover their own style and get off to a solid start, and can also enrich the experience of those who are already knowledgeable.

A wonderful book about "Garden Witchery". I learned a lot about flowers and their correspondences. Unfortunately I couldn't find nice tips and tricks for "Balcony Witchery" or what to do if you have vermin. But I guess for that you need a regular flower book. I also was a bit confused about the chapter of the sabbats. It was very interesting and I loved to read it, but it had almost nothing to do with flowers and gardens (except a few hints about her sabbat decorations outside...) But it's still a wonderful book and I can warmly recommend it! ...more
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Jan 26, 2019

Loved this book!! Will definitely keep going back to it to help for tips on my yard Loved this book!! Will definitely keep going back to it to help for tips on my yard❤❤❤ ...more
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Feb 04, 2019

I bought this for a friend and read through it before gifting it. It was a fun and easy read that felt as though I was having tea with the author in her garden while she showed me around and explained why she had set things up the way she had.
4

Jan 26, 2018

This was one of my favorite books as a younger Pagan and I fully expect that I will revisit it someday.
I originally purchased this because I was interested in herbalism but I quickly discovered that this was a different sort of guide. I would read and re-read this book as a teenager and bemoan my lack of garden!
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Nov 23, 2018

I thought Ellen Dugan's insistence on artificial fertilizers and lack of natural living was wholly at odds with the philosophy of her book, which was more of less positive thinking with little intelligence to back it up. Cute but overall a disappointing read for those interested in any sort of natural spiritualism.
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Jul 10, 2018

I checked this out from my library without knowing anything about it except the title. So, on the gardening side, I was very disappointed. I consider myself a fairly expert and fearless gardener and found nothing in this book to inspire me. I was very disappointed that there was not one photograph in the book at all. Illustrations of some of the plants mentioned would be helpful, but those were few and far between. The garden information was very, very basic. I know little about Pagan Witchcraft I checked this out from my library without knowing anything about it except the title. So, on the gardening side, I was very disappointed. I consider myself a fairly expert and fearless gardener and found nothing in this book to inspire me. I was very disappointed that there was not one photograph in the book at all. Illustrations of some of the plants mentioned would be helpful, but those were few and far between. The garden information was very, very basic. I know little about Pagan Witchcraft and found that information really not of interest to me. ...more

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