Herbal Tales


The plant is easier to see than the root.... 

Herbal Tales reconnects you with plants, their stories are part of our cultural and spiritual heritage. Bringing to live again history, symbolisms and the use of plants throughout the ages and across the world. Listen, smell and taste the stories. Learn about folklore and modern scientific findings on a variety of plants.

Herbal Tales are interactive lectures and storytelling. Herbal Tales speak to all senses, even if told inside a lecture room, plants to see, touch and taste will be present. 

Herbal tales can be combined with a workshop for both adults and children who wish to get more in touch with nature and culture. 

If you wish to book Herbal Tales for a private event, or collaborate with me,  don't hesitate to contact me via plantenverhalen@gmail.com or (+31) 6-25508779


See the examples page to watch some video clips (in English): www.plantenverhalen.nl/voorbeelden

Note: All information about medicinal use of plants are told from a cultural or historical perspective and are not meant to give any indication for treatments. I am not a doctor nor a herbalist. 

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Herbal Tales  in English:

New podcast episodes:

7. Flax: learning from the wild ones. With PhD candidate Beatrice Landoni (Portsmouth University) on her research on plant adaptation in the wild flax species Linum Bienne.

6. On witch hazels, taxonomy and nature conservation with curator of the Delft Botanical Gardens, James Byng - You find it here.

Sept 11th: Storytelling at the beach in Scheveningen. Multiple storytellers and homemade soup with a view on the sunset make a perfect evening. Dutch International Storytelling Centre.

beginning of Oct (date t.b.d.) Amsterdam: The Eva Stories: workshop storytelling  from a female perspective. This workshop is the third in a series. We work towards a performance on December 11th. This project is partly supported by the AFK and we also have a crowdfunding pot. Support this project for more gender balance and diversity in the creative industries and shaping of reality through storytelling. 2022-2023 program is in the making! Don't hesitate to contact me if you are interested in joining The Eva Stories, the world is ready to hear your stories.

November 19th: The Ancestors Stories, organised by Tell Me More at Theater de Generator, Leiden. Multiple storytellers hand over stories from the old days. How are they relevant to us today?

December 11th: The Eva Stories, more info will follow.

See also 'Komende Evenementen' for more details regarding all upcoming events (both dutch and english)

About Annet Breure


With passion, creativity, a clear mind and calm voice Annet offers wonderful stories and teachings. 

Schooled as an Arabist and from young age interested in plants. As daughter from a biologist she always had eye for detail. In Herbal Tales she combines her background in culture studies and her passion for plants and stories. Her associative mind and academic background help connect and structure information and make it accessible to a broad audience. Her knowledge of languages and cultures and her experience as teacher (from 2013 on) make her sensitive to the audiences needs and dynamics. 

She did informal internships with Maria Luisa da Silva Oliveira in Goias, Brazil, Marie-Pierre Joncour from Aromatic in Lojou, Bretagne, France and followed a course of Kruidenrijk about medicinal plants. Apart from that she dived into and compared many written and oral sources and brings to you the best selection in Herbal Tales.

Entertaining, interesting and a lot of knowledge!

For more information on her background see LinkedIN


- Rooted in History

About Plants with a deeply rooted history in northwestern Europe. Amongst others about the symbolism and use of the oak, rowan and willow in Celtic and Roman culture.

- (Hi)stories of Women and Herbs

What plants play a part in the history of womenkind? What women play a part in the history of plants and botany. Where does a name like lady's mantle come from?

-Fables and Facts on Plants and Love

Discover the traditional uses of plants in love potions, the role of plants in love stories, the facts and fables about aphrodisiacs and what plants are said to be able to alleviate a broken heart...

- Known but unloved?  Herbs in the hood

The most common plants we often know by name, like the dandelion, plantain and stinging netle. But do you know their various uses? After hearing folk stories about their origins you won't just walk by them anymore but will look at them from a new perspective.

- Herbal Tales with an Arabic Taste

As an academic schooled Arabist I love to combine my passio for the Arab culture with my herbal tales! Let me tell you about the symbolism, use and history of plants that play an important role in Arab culture. Of course you will taste as well, because hospitality and sweets are oh so important, marhaban bikum!

- Herbal Tales from Japan

Japanese culture is traditionally very much connected with nature. As in Shintoism the kami reside in trees and rocks, this belief nowadays still influences in some way symbolism and use of plants. Listen to beautiful plant stories and learn more about the Japanese context.  

Other options upon request, please contact