Herb & Garden Guild
Life begins the day you start a garden - Chinese Proverb.
Please feel welcome to browse this website for the Herb & Garden Guild of the Kingom of Lochac within the Society for Creative Anachronism for which the Watering Can is the guild symbol.
The main aim of the website is to provide contact information for prospective members on how to contact the guild and sign up to its email list. The site also provides information about the guild, its newsletters, its projects and references for medieval herb and garden lore. Please use the leaves to navigate the SCA herb and garden site.
We start with a garden riddle from the Exeter Riddle Book (originally written in Olde English):-
A strange object caught my eye, used to feed cattle by men of every town; it has many teeth and is useful to men as it scrapes around, its face to the ground. It plunders greedily, searching for plants along the grassy slopes, and brings them home; it always finds those which are not rooted firmly, but leaves the beautiful living flowers behind, quietly standing where they spring from the soil, brightly gleaming, blooming, growing.
News & Updates:-
Membership News :-
Congratulations to Lady Claricia filia Wilelmi dapiferi as the new head of the guild. To get in touch with Lady Claricia please visit Contacts .
Although the guild has a facebook page, to be a member of the guild you need to join the Mailing List. The facebook address is also linked from Contacts .
Research News :-
Guild Members occasionally perform research on aspects of medieval life. In doing such research it was discovered the following very pretty quote on Rosemary (also known as Rosmary, Rosmarie, Rosemarie, Rosmarinus, Rosmarine, Romero) has been widely attributed to a 16th Century author then known as Sir Thomas More.
"As for rosemarie, I lett it run alle over my garden walls,
not onlie because my bees love it,
but because 'tis the herb sacred to remembrance and therefore to friendship,
whence a sprig of it hath a dumb language that maketh ye chosen emblem at our funeral wakes and in our buriall grounds."
This quote was actually written in 1852 by Anne Manning in her fictional novel "The Household of St Thomas More" and so is misattributed to Sir Thomas More (rather than being a misquote).
The Herb and Garden Guild Charter was accepted by their majesties at Rowany Festival on April 7th 2007 (A.S. XLI) to become a guild within the Kingdom of Lochac. The guild, started by Caristiona nic Beathain and Sigurd Trygvason (or Sigurd Tryggvason or even Sigurd Trygvarsson), had already existed informally for a number of years within the then Principality of Lochac with its newsletter being produced prior to A.S XXXIII March 2000. The first newsletter is undated and this is the date of the 2nd Herb and Garden Guild Newsletter.
Previous Head Gardeners of the guild have been Caristiona nic Beathain, Sigurd Trygvarsson, Alessandra Torrigiani, Brian le faucheeur, Master Cristoval and Maelmuire ingen Alpin.
In the guild annual general meeting at Rowany Festival on April 5th 2010 ( (A.S. XLIV) Master Sigurd Trygvarsson accepted the offer of becoming Patron of the Herb and Garden Guild.
In the guild annual general meeting at Rowany Festival on April 19th 2014 ( (A.S. XLVIII) Caristiona nic Beathain and Sigurd Trygvarsson were our first members elevated to respectively Mistress / Master (Level II Membership) of the Guild by acclaim and the general consensus of the guild.
The Guild also has some paraphernalia. The regular link is from the Projects Page.
The Guild is currently accepting articles for our newsletters. To contribute, please subscribe to our Mailing List and ask where submissions are to be sent or contact the Guild Administrator.
The Guild has already produced a number of Newsletters. The regular link is from the Projects Page.
Last Updated: Aug 22nd 2016. First published: Nov 8th 2003.
© Photographic Images Copyright 2003-2016 by Molly Tebo
- used with permission
All questions to the Guild
Administrator - refer to
Herb & Garden Contacts Page