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Cooking with Herbs
The Herb Society is an internationally-renowned educational charity dedicated to encouraging the appreciation and use of herbs in cooking, gardening, cosmetic, historical and medicinal uses for professionals or amateurs. Whilst the majority of members are in the UK we have members worldwide including the USA, Thailand, Japan, South Africa, Australia and Europe.

Herb Society wins Silver-Gilt at RHS Tatton for their interpretation of a garden appropriate to the Old Medicine House, a 16th century timber-framed building in Blackden, Cheshire!  The plants chosen were as authentic as possible to plants described by Gerard in his Herball. Huge thanks to the North West Herb Group together with the Blackden Trust for masterminding it - full report in September ‘Herbs’.  


Join the Herb Society and enter the sensual world of herbs!

Cook sensational food in new ways using herbs
Make your own medicine chest for minor illnesses
Spoil yourself with luxurious herbal cosmetics
Delve into weird and wonderful herbal history
Cultivate your own herbs on windowsill, patio or plot


Buy your herb plants at discount prices
Belong to one of our local groups and enjoy herbal activities with a new group of friends.

Join us now and give life a new dimension!



Herb Society Fellow, Jan Greenland 
Herb Society Advisor, Sue Minter
Trustee, Malcolm Dickson
are available to give talks

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Members' Discount Scheme

UK herbal businesses:

Blackbrook Herb Gardens * Culberry Nursery Daisy Gifts Ltd * Eco Charlie * Herbs for Healing Hooksgreen Herbs Ltd * Norfolk Herbs * Samares Manor Gardens * Scented Geraniums * Seed Sowers Training Project * Seed Parade Teapigs * The Cottage Herbery * The Herb Farm * The Herb Nursery * Womersley Crafts Ltd

USA herbal businesses:

Nichols Garden Nursery * Richters Herbs

** Discount details in members' area **

Culberry Nursery Ltd


June - August 'Herbs'

The only magazine in the UK dedicated to herbs-
free to members, published four times a year

Cover image: Monarda 'Blaustrumpf' syn. 'Blue Stocking'.
Photo: Fi Reddaway, Plant Heritage National Collection of Monarda

Article summaries:

The Old Medicine House
Barbara Depledge reports on this 16th century house, a home filled with stories.

Lemon Grass

Expert advice from Herb Society President, Jekka McVicar on how to grow, use, propagate and harvest this zesty herb.

A modern herbal
Michael Littlewood encourages us to be confident with herbs to add a new dimension to our cookery.

Ways with ...... BASIL
Pamela Westland picks seven ways to make the most of basil.

Monarda - the 'fireworks flower'
Herb grower Fi Reddaway explains how she came to collect monardas and outlines their medicinal and garden uses.

A sea of violet - blue
Deborah Stone on a community project that has preserved historic links with lavender.

Scotland's lost lavender fields
Caroline Holmes highlights a project on the history of lavender in Scotland.

Herb growing at Poyntzfield Herb Nursery
Susie White visited this renowned nursery in Scotland and interviewed its owner Duncan Ross.

That Confounded Winter's Bark

Gareth Evans takes to the high seas with Sir Francis Drake to discover the history behind Winter's bark.

Herb Society News – Local Groups – Diary Listings – Book reviews – Case Notes: Raised blood pressure by Ann Walker – Classified – Medical herbalists - AGM & President's Day booking information

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Advertisers in this issue include:

NFU Mutual


Editor - Barbara Segall; Editorial Board - Gwenneth Heyking ; Designers - The Magic Studio


Herb Garden at Sulgrave

The Herb Society Garden Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of the herb garden at Sulgrave Manor.

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The Herb Society is not qualified to provide medical advice.  Useful contacts for such advice can be found on our contacts page.Officers and Council Members of the Herb Society (UK) accept no liability for any harm, damage, or illness arising from the use of plants mentioned or described in articles that appear in this web site. Information on this site is the copyright of the Herb Society unless otherwise stated.  Text or pictures must not be reproduced elsewhere without permission from the Society.

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Gardening with Herbs

Herbs in Medicine

Herbal Cosmetics

Herbs in History

HS Herb Garden

(A Virtual Tour)


Book Reviews


How to help HS

Member BusinessDirectory




NFU Mutual - Sponsors of the Herb Society

The Herb Society is a member of NFU Mutual's Affiliate Scheme and is grateful for their generous support



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