All posts tagged: The Herb Society

My interest in herbs

What is Paradise? But a Garden, an Orchard of Trees and Herbs, full of pleasure, and nothing there but delights. From one of my favourite books – William Lawson, A New Orchard and Garden with The Country Housewife’s Garden, 1618. Facsimile edition, Prospect Books, 2003 I don’t have any formal horticultural or botanical training, my original learning being more by osmosis, with a childhood spent within a family of plants women. My greatest influence though was a close family friend with whom I spent many holidays, largely immersed in all things horticultutural. On moving into my first house in the late 1980’s, unlike all the neighbours who sensibly maintained neat lawns in their front gardens, I immediately dug up the frontage, planting my first herb garden. I was lucky there in two respects, it lay adjacent to the gravel beds near Cirencester, where there was fabulous drainage. It was also near Stroud, where I grew up, but moreover where Gillian and Michael Wimperis then ran the fabulous Selsley Herb Nursery, my early source of inspiration. I …