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Author photo. A picture of Maude Grieve taken in the early 1900s.

A picture of Maude Grieve taken in the early 1900s.

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Sophie Emma Magdalene Grieve known as Maud. Born 4 May 1858 75 Upper Street, Islington, London. Died 21 December 1941 Royston, Hertfordshire. Herbalist, plants women, writer. Lived in Chalfont St Peter, Bucks, from 1906 to 1938 where she created a perennial nursery. At the outbreak of the First World War she turned the nursery into a herb farm to address the shortage of supplies of vital medicinal plants. She was a founder member of the short lived National Herb Growing Association and later president of The British Guild of Herb Growers During the war she also started The Whins Medicinal and Commercial Herb School. After the war she continued her work promoting the benefits of herbs, writing over three hundred pamphlets or monographs on individual plants. These were edited by Hilda Leyel and were the main source of information in what has become Maud’s legacy A Modern Herbal which was published 1931
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