The Herbalist's Garden: A Guided Tour of 10 Exceptional Herb Gardens : the People who Grow Them and the Plants that Inspire Them

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Storey Books, Jan 1, 2001 - Herb gardens - 229 pages
Ten years ago, Shatoiya de la Tour settled on a 2 1/2 acre plot of rocky clay soil in northern California and began herb gardening. Today, people come From around the world to visit the lush, enchanting theme gardens at Dry Creek Herb Farm, created by Shatoiya and her husband, Richard. Besides hosting visitors at their own gardens, they lead tours of the herb gardens of New England every summer. Out of their love for herb gardening and for their friends within the herb-growing community comes this insider's look at the gardens of ten leading North American herbalists.

The authors introduce the reader to these gifted herbalist-gardeners and shore their stories of how their gardens were envisioned, planned, and made a reality. This personal tour of such enchanted and well-known places as Sage Mountain in Vermont (Rosemary Gladstar's wild garden); Caprilands (the Queen Mother of all herb gardens, created by the late, much-adored Adelma Simmons); and Plimoth Plantation (where horticulturist John Forti has recreated the historical gardens of the pilgrims) will inspire readers to create their own dream gardens.

Accompanied by full-color photographs and an illustrated garden plan, each chapter is filled with the distinctive vision, creative solutions, and gardening secrets of some of the most talented herbalists in the business. These accomplished gardeners share their difficulties, joys, choices, practices, favorite herbs with growing tips, and favorite recipes, both culinary and medicinal. This book is a beautiful and special glimpse into the world of the herbalist.

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Gardens take many forms and serve many purposes. For some, the harvest is paramount, while for others the entire journey is meaningful. This title takes readers on a journey through ten beautiful herb ... Read full review


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Richard de la Tour spent much of his childhood writing, hoping one day to share his vision of fantastic new worlds. While growing up in the Lake Tahoe Basin, he became interested in exploring the nature around him, and eventually taught wilderness skills programs in Northern California. Richard and his wife, Shatoiya, owned and operated a successful herb farm in Northern California for twelve years. This experience birthed two critically acclaimed books; The Herbalist's Garden and The Earth Mother Herbal. Richard has lectured at several national venues, including the Smithsonian Institute. Richard has explored the tactile side of art, creating colorful glass art for eight years. He can be seen on the silver screen in Michael Moore's documentary, Sicko, and soon will be appearing in the movie, Change Agents (working title). He is currently returning to his childhood dream, writing thoughtful science fiction.

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