Thursday, May 27, 2010

Summer 2010 The Herb Quarterly

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!


  1. That does sound like a good issue. I'd like to read the article on climbing vines (we have a chain link enclosure).

    Your chocolate mint looks good. Another British berry dessert that I'd like to try is summer pudding.

  2. I guess Barnes and Nobles might be a good chance for finding this. Thank you Angela...I am printing out your post because of your suggestions which I fear later I may forget.

  3. I can't wait to get my hands of this issue! Thanks for sharing!

  4. The magazine looks like a very good resource for you and your tea garden. I sell a book for growing a tea garden too.

  5. Angela: I thought about you this week as I got some cookbooks to sell at my store from the Rosemary Tea Room (like on your blog) They sent other catalogs which I have been reading. I think you would be very interested. The cookbook is by Nancy. They are 6 generation herbalist- unbelieveable.

  6. So nice to see I have some reader fans! It was my article on Designing a Tea Garden......I was thrilled to see it here! Thank you!

    Katherine Weber-Turcotte


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