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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.

The new Herb Society logo was launched on 30 August at the AGM:

Members were delighted to hear that 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
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.

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


Sept - Nov 'Herbs'

The only magazine in the UK dedicated to herbs

free to members, published four times a year

Cover image: How to.... kitchen: picking and prepping.
Photo: Barbara Segall

Article summaries:

Farewell to Cheryl
Nicky Westwood writes about Cheryl Waller and her contribution to the Herb Society.

My Life in Herbs... Fi Reddaway

Fi Reddaway is a long-standing member of the Herb Society and is the holder of two Plant Heritage National Collections.

Capturing the rosy fragrance of summer
Caroline Holmes looks back on an exceptional summer for garden roses and offers ways and means for preserving their savours and flavours.

NEW: How to ...Kitchen

NEW: How to ... Crafts

Take a taste trip around the world with your garden herbs
Pamela Westland reflects on how herbs bring their individual characteristics to different cuisines around the world.

NEW: How to...Grow

NEW: How to...Health

Mrs McKeiver's Secrets - The Hills Midwife 1799
Margaret Morgan is writing a trilogy about a midwife and herbal healer, set in England in 1799. Here she outlines Mrs McKeiver's cures and her own inspiration for writing about a herbal healer.

The obliging manna ash

The only flowering ash, and it is a good garden tree but the drug derived from its sap, known as manna, was here long before the tree was introduced. Gareth Evans puts it under the spotlight.

Herb Society News – Local Groups – President's Day information - Diary Listings – Book reviews – Case Notes: Preventing osteoarthritis by Ann Walker – Classified – Medical Herbalists

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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

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Herbs in History

HS Herb Garden

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Book Reviews


How to help HS

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