Maria Noel Groves, Clinical Herbalist and owner of Wintergreen Botanicals, LLC, gave our club a wonderful presentation on Great Garden Herbs: Grow Your Medicine. She gave us a good overview on growing a few herbs in our garden and how to preserve them by either drying them or making tinctures. The herbs she focused on that evening were Anise Hyssop, Holy Basil, Bee Balm, German Chamomile, Lady’s Mantle, Lemon Balm, Lemon Thyme and a variety of Mints. Planting these herbs will give you the basics for starting an herbal apothecary in your backyard!
Maria’s website is jam-packed full of useful information for anyone interested in growing and using herbs. The Herbal Education section of her website lists the classes she is teaching and offers “Learn For Free” where you can download class notes for some of the classes she teaches. Her wealth of knowledge is reflected in the clear and concise way she presents her materials and teaches her classes.
If you are interested in growing herbs in your garden for medicine, food, tea or just for fun, Maria’s site is a good place to start!