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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.


Malcolm and Thomas Dickson of Hooksgreen Herbs were awarded a Silver-Gilt medal for their display at Chelsea Flower Show.
Malcolm is a trustee of the Herb Society and runs this family business with his son Thomas growing, showing and selling culinary, scented and medicinal herbs from their nursery in Staffordshire. Details of their products can be found at www.hooksgreenherbs.com




Toby Buckland

Herb Society President 2015/16 is 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.

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

The June-August magazine is packed full of herbal news, growing and beauty tips, recipes and history plus our Regulars including Diary Listings of herbal events across the country, Local Groups and Case Notes, this time focussing on insomnia.  Writers include Toby Buckland, Nancy Durham, Caroline Holmes, Kim and Rob Hurst, Pamela Westland and James Wong.      ‘Herbs’ is a Herb Society member benefit.  

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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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June 5th and 6th

Don’t miss Toby’s Garden Festival at Bowood House and Gardens, Wiltshire.   As Toby says:

“Bowood House sits at the centre of a region with a proud horticultural heritage, that’s home to dozens of the best nurseries in Britain. I’m thrilled to be bringing them together especially in early summer when plants are building up to their peak and gardeners are keen to get their green fingers in the soil.“













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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