Tanglewood Arboretum Offers A Variety Of Ideas For The Herb Garden Lifestyles


The large lavender bed is separate from the knot garden quads and is perfectly positioned to soak up the sun on a rocky slope. Composed largely of lavender from “Provence”, this delicate herb thrives in its current conditions.

“The good thing about lavender is that it doesn’t like the earth,” Jones said. “They like dry, rocky and rugged terrain. When we planted them, we planted them directly in the rocks. Every February, we shape them back, about a third. Lots of lavender – if you don’t shape it – this is where you see those big, woody branches. It is distorted and does not look pretty.

As one can imagine, there are a lot of harvests that must take place throughout the season in an herb garden. Jones and Sheets share the crops with other master gardeners and have found a good way to use them for educational purposes as well.

“This year we have done something unique,” ​​Sheets said. “We had harvested (lavender) two years in a row and had dried them. We made medley for the third grade students that we have for our educational class. We usually harvest it at the end of May. Later in the winter we cut it again because it continues to grow.

The Herbal and Blue-Gray Quad is a delicious combination of texture and color. Red and Purple Bee Balm, Joe Pye Herb, St. John’s Wort, Black Cohosh, Eucalyptus, Mugwort, Lamb’s Ear, Wormwood, and Corkscrew Garlic are just a few of the many herbal remedies in this little bed. According to Sheets, the best time for color and flowering will be mid-summer, so the best is yet to come.


Terri S. Tomasini