This week on We Dig Plants, Carmen Devito and Alice Marcus Krieg are getting into the spirit of Halloween with Sheryl Humphrey, author of The Haunted Garden: Death and Transfiguration in the Folklore of Plants. Hear how Sheryl’s home herb garden sparked her interest in the legends surrounding plants. Hear about the many mythologies that involve mortals and deities turning into plants or trees. How do stories regarding plants and death differ in Eastern and Western traditions? Hear how certain legends attribute the growth of staple foods to human sacrifice! How do genetically modified foods tie in with these plant transformation myths? Find out all of this and more on this week’s edition of We Dig Plants! This program has been sponsored by Regional Access. Music has been provided by Jack Inslee.
“The mythologies of plant transformations- they’re so pervasive in all cultures and times- up until contemporary times. This is just a sampling of some of the more notable ones.” [8:40]
— Sheryl Humphrey on We Dig Plants