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.
The Herb Society President for 2015/16 will be Toby Buckland who has always been a keen cook and passionate about growing food, especially herbs. He is always on the lookout for new plants and recipes to try as well as new ways of using the herbs that are widely grown which he finds an endlessly fascinating subject!
Toby Buckland is a qualified horticulturist, TV broadcaster and lifelong gardener. Known for his earthy, hands-on style Toby’s career has taken him from Devon nurseryman, to The University of Cambridge Botanic Garden and on to presenting numerous TV shows, including BBC Gardeners’ World. He is an award-winning designer, producing plans for the NHS and 45 Commando Royal Marines and winning RHS Gold and Best in Show at BBC Gardeners’ World Live in 2008. He also lectures and writes for a variety of horticultural journals and newspapers, including The Telegraph on Saturday and Mail on Sunday. His latest projects include BBC2’s Great British Garden Revival on Herbs and the two-day ‘Toby Buckland Garden Festival’ at Powderham Castle in Devon which is also the location of his nursery.
Angelica’s Herbs exhibited at the Herb Society AGM in August. It is a small specialist nursery based in the pretty Worcestershire village of North Littleton, growing both culinary and ornamental herbs which they supply to local farm shops and farmers markets throughout Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and the Midlands. Their aim is to offer the very best in local, specialist products of the highest quality and a friendly personal service which includes landscape design projects. www.angelicasherbs.co.uk
Jammy Val also exhibited at the Herb Society AGM in August. Val makes the most delicious JAMS from Damson to Blackcurrant, Apricot & Rum to Apple Jelly & Rosemary plus, of course Christmas mincemeat, more MARMALADES than you can shake a Seville orange at and glorious CHUTNEY. Find her, live, on:
Saturday 13 December at Brook Farm Christmas Fayre, Skeltons Lane Park, Leyton, London E10 5BS: 10-2pm
Sunday 14 December at Blackheath London Farmers Market: 10-2pm
Sunday 21 December at Marylebone London Farmers Market: 10-2pm
Christmas Mincemeat * Damson* Golden Plum * Plum * Strawberry low sugar * Strawberry * Blackcurrant * Redcurrant Jelly * Apricot * Apricot & Rum * Blueberry * Blueberry low sugar * Cranberry * Cranberry & Port * Apple Jelly
Apple Jelly & Rosemary
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
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Buy your herb plants at discount prices
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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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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
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December - February 'Herbs'
The only magazine in the UK dedicated to herbs
free to members, published four times a
Cover image: Bundles of herbs and vegetables on a stall in
Elounda market, Crete
photo: Pamela Westland
Scotland's Lost Lavender Fields Revisted
Caroline Holmes follows up some of the elements about the history of lavender in Banchory, rounding off her article in Herbs 39.2/June 2014. Three interviews that represent the past, the future and the science have shaped this article.
Creating the New Garden of Medicinal Plants at the Chelsea Physic Garden
Head Gardner Nick Bailey describes the background to the creation of the new garden, its design and how this was implemented.
John Parkinson: Last of the Great English Herbalists*
Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal share the opinion of Eleanour Sinclair Rohde* (in The Old English Herbals,1922) of John Parkinson and here they highlight his reputation as a significant British herbalist
How to ...Kitchen - make herb bunches
How to ... Crafts - decorate a candle
Herbs to increase your energy and boost vitality
Lesley Bremness suggests ways to de-stress and re-boot your inner computer and offers a recipe for simple-to-make energy truffles.
Keeping colds at bay
As we head into winter, seasonal colds can become a significant problem for many people - Penelope Ody shows how herbs can help combat those annual snuffles and sneezes.
How to...Grow - grow herbs in winter
How to...Health - herbs for bathing
Desert island herb - sage
Celia Graham, a retired health professional and historic cookery demonstrator for the National Trust has chosen sage because of its amazingly diverse uses.
Herb Society News – AGM Report - Local Groups – Diary Listings - President's Day information – Book reviews – Case Notes: Night Sweats by Ann Walker – Classified – Medical Herbalists
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The Herb Society Garden Virtual Tour
Take a virtual tour of the herb garden at Sulgrave Manor.
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