about_top3About the Author

debsoule3DEB SOULE is an herbalist, biodynamic gardener, teacher, and author of The Woman’s Handbook of Healing Herbs. Raised in a small town in western Maine, Deb began gardening at age 16. Her faith in the healing qualities of plants and her love of gardening led Deb to found Avena Botanicals Herbal Apothecary in 1985. Five years earlier, while in college, Deb lived in Nepal near three Tibetan monasteries and was deeply moved by the Tibetan people’s commitment to ease physical ailments and mental and emotional challenges with plants, prayer, and other spiritual practices. Today, Deb tends three acres of medicinal plants using organic and biodynamic practices, teaches herb classes, studies pollinators, and consults with clients and health care providers. Her most recent inspiration is the Grow a Row Project. 

About the Photographs

Over 200 beautiful color photographs are represented in this 256 page book. All  have been taken in Avena Botanicals gardens except for a handful. I am especially grateful for the professional photographers G. Michael Brown, Mary Crowley, Susie Cushner, Lynn Karlin, and Stephen Orr for generously allowing their beautiful photos to be used in this book. A few of the photos were taken by Avena staff and friends. The rest were taken by me. The color images of the plants, pollinators, and people have brought the story of Avena’s garden to life. Thank you to everyone for your contributions.

I used to shoot with a borrowed Leica film camera. I now use a Nikon D50. My photos are displayed without the use of photo shop. I prefer to be in my garden than behind a computer screen.