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OVERVIEW

The Herb Garden is designed in a circular layout, with a central focal point that changes each year.  The outer ring is planted with perennial herbs and vegetables such as asparagus, woolly yarrow, feverfew and bergamot.  The inner ring changes each year with annual plantings of herbs such as parsley, basil, veggies such as lettuce and flowers such as marigolds.

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Herb Garden

Theme Collection

Herbs have been used for over 5000 years. They range in use from culinary and medicinal to perfumes and dyes. Herbs have also been used for companion planting to deter unwanted garden pests and diseases which contribute to the health of other flowering plants.

The collection includes perennial herbs, hardy to zone 3 such as beebalm (Monarda didyma), chives (Allium schoenoprasum), several types of mint (Mentha spp.) and hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis).  Each year, annual herbs and those herbs that are too tender to overwinter in our climate are propagated in our greenhouses and added to the garden, including dill (Anethum graveolents), several types of basil (Ocimum basilicum) and marjoram (Origanum majorana).  Garden staff dig up rosemary plants (Rosmarinus officinalis) each fall and bring them inside to overwinter, which you will now notice in containers or in the beds, as quite large, feature plants. 

Also in the herb garden you’ll find plants with edible flowers (Calendula and Nasturtium to name just two) as well as edible plants that you might cook with herbs, or use herbs to flavour a dressing for – lettuce, beets and asparagus. Truly a feast for the senses, the Herb Garden is worth the visit.

 

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