Welcome to my garden

The Herb Lady

The Herb Lady in her garden

And thank you for stopping by.  I hope that you will find something to interest you.

I am a lifelong gardener.  My first garden was a 2’ x 2’ square along the foundation of the house my family lived in when I was in elementary school.  I grew green zinnias because I was fascinated by the concept of green flowers.  I’m still fascinated by green flowers and I still grow green zinnias.

I’m a Master Gardener now.  I highly recommend the Master Gardener course to anyone with an interest in gardening.  The course is available in every state.  Just call or email your local agricultural extension office for information on when and where the classes are being held near you.

As a longtime volunteer at Rutgers Gardens, the arboretum and botanical garden of Rutgers University, the state university of New Jersey, I’m the Garden Steward for the Herb Garden. The herb garden is a xeriscape filled with drought tolerant herbs that thrive on rainfall with no supplemental watering. Every year I grow out and sell herbs for our big plant sale in May as well as write a catalog describing all of the herbs that we are selling. My fellow volunteers have nicknamed me “The Herb Lady”.

I’m a member of the Delaware Valley unit of the Herb Society of America which meets at the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum and maintains an international culinary herb garden there.

I share my knowledge of herbs through talks at local garden clubs, as an instructor at both Home Gardeners School offered through Rutgers University, and at the EARTH Center, the agricultural extension office for Middlesex County. And, of course, I give talks at Rutgers Gardens on herbs.

I hope you enjoy your stroll through my garden.  If you have any questions that aren’t addressed here, please contact me.