THE HERBAL YEAR, Folklore, History & Remedies

Christina’s latest book, published in April 2024, “presents a delightful guide to common and garden plants as they appear throughout the year. Drawing on writers, storytellers, and poets from across the centuries, she examines the long history of herbal remedies, showing how herbs have been used for healing and the stories and beliefs that surround them – including simple recipes for use at home. Fully illustrated with exquisitely detailed watercolours, this is an inspirational handbook to explore our age-old relationship with plants.”

There is no one better than Christina Hart-Davies to paint the delightful herbs,  folklore, history and remedies in this charming book. Dr Shirley Sherwood OBE

The Herbal Year is available from the publishers Yale University Press and in all good boookshops. Please note that it is not available directly from Christina.

painting more than just the flowers

The Whole Story was officially published on 21 September 2020 as part of the Botanical Portfolios series from Two Rivers Press. It features illustrations and artworks from Christina’s long career in botanical painting. Christina explains why she is drawn to particular subjects and, while this is not a how-to-do-it book,  she shares hints, tips and some of her working processes. Christina is fascinated by all aspects of the natural world and how they interact. She looks at plants and other organisms from the scientific, aesthetic and cultural viewpoints – telling the whole story in fact.

Available to order from Two Rivers Press £15.99 plus P&P at where payment can be made by credit card via Paypal

Or signed copies can be ordered from Christina for £18 including P&P by emailing her at
This offer applies to the UK only. Postage abroad is so expensive that it might be better to order directly from the publisher or from an online distributor (you know who I mean!). If you wish, I will send you a card signed to you personally, which you can use as a bookmark.


A Wild Plant Year
the history, folklore and uses of Britain’s flora

Lavishly illustrated with detailed watercolours throughout. A through-the-year record of some of Britain’s native wild plants, their cultural history, culinary or medicinal uses and the stories that surround them.
Published by Two Rivers Press, August 2016. £14.95
ISBN 978-1-909747-13-5

First edition now sold out.  Digital reprint now available.
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The Greenwood Trees
the history, folklore and uses of Britain’s trees

A look at some of Britain’s native trees (and a few favourite introductions), their history, uses and folklore. Lavishly illustrated with detailed watercolours throughout.

Published by Two Rivers Press, September 2018, £15.99 plus P&P

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Holme Cooking

Favourite recipes from staff, supporters and patients of Forest Holme Hospice, Poole.
Compiled, designed and produced by Christina for Forest Holme Hospice Charity. Packed full of scrumptious recipes from starters, snacks and main meals and desserts to cakes, sweet & treats and preserves. Line illustrations scattered through the text.

A5, softback, 64 pages, only £5 including p&p

Forest Holme Hospice Charity raises funds to support the Hospice. By buying this little book you are helping too-
All the proceeds will go to the Charity.