One of my thoughtful correspondents who remembered my tea garden plans sent an alert that I might want to check out the new issue of The Herb Quarterly. Indeed I was delighted to see the article "Designing a Tea Garden" touted on the cover of this magazine, which I have purchased occasionally over the years. I've long been intrigued that in a day when high-gloss magazines, and even digital magazines, are so prevalent, this old-fashioned, illustration-rich magazine keeps rocking along, and I'm pleased it does. (The herb in my photo is chocolate mint, which is growing so quickly that I snipped some to display in a vase. I read that's a good way to keep herbs handy for a few days when you aren't going to use them immediately.)
The article on the tea garden was quite helpful, and it suggested plants I'm familiar with (Angelica, Hibiscus, Nettles) and a few that were quite new to me (Agrimony, Betony, Valerian). I was happy to see the author, Katherine Weber-Turcotte, recommends a bistro set as one of the options for creating a focal point within the tea garden, because that is precisely what I have planned for mine!
Even if you're not in the midst of designing a tea garden, I think tea lovers would greatly enjoy this issue of The Herb Quarterly. I found articles on chamomile tea's effectiveness in countering anxiety and on hibiscus tea's ability to lower cholesterol. There's also a great feature on British Berry Desserts with recipes for yummy-sounding treats like Raspberry Ice Cream with Sweet and Savory Sage Shortbread and Trifle with Red Currants and Lemongrass. The illustrations are gorgeous as ever, and I think this issue will be a hit with a lot of tea lovers!