Jekka McVicar’s Herb Farm

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Jekka McVicar’s Herb Farm

I didn’t take any photos because in the past Jekka only opened her farm three or four times a year so the place really hadn’t occurred to me as a location for ‘places of interest’. I got there on Friday to discover that Jekka is opening the place every Friday over spring and summer (except May which they need to prepare for Chelsea) and running courses on Saturdays. This is good news as Jekka stocks a lot of plants you won’t find anywhere else, though if you can’t make it on Fridays you can buy online here.[mappress mapid=”6″]Though I am not a herb gardener, I’m a big fan. In the interests of full disclosure my wife is friends with Jekka’s daughter.

Every time I go there something seems to happen to my wallet. I go there with money to find myself leaving without any. I may get overenthusiastic in my selection of expensive plants . It has been said. This Friday I bought a Chilean Guava, Siberian Chives (a great addition to my perennial onion collection IF it gets along in the garden), and a Russian Comfrey plant (a great addition to my fertility building sustainable planting on the allotment).

In the past I have bought (in plant form):

  • rock samphire
  • Chinese chives
  • gorse
  • atlas mountain mint
  • seakale
  • tree onions! (the motherlode of my 50 or so plants).
  • other types of comfrey
  • Orach

And others I can’t remember at the mo. Some of those plants are described in 400 year old gardening books and you’ll have trouble finding them elsewhere.

It was cold, spring obviously hasn’t arrived regardless what Monty Don says, and all the plants were in the polytunnel. All your usual herbs were there including some unique varieties of the more common ones. I only had half an hour and I was looking specifically for the Chilean Guava (and found it, £9.00), so I didn’t really pay much attention to what I wasn’t looking for. I did notice that there were some unusual African and Australian plants.

She has nearly finished a new display, the “Herboretum”, made up of 20 or so really attractive wooden raised beds. Herboretum I think is a conflation of the words Herb and Arboretum, denoting a collection of herbs in the same way as an arboretum is a collection of trees.

I can’t get enough of this nursery and I advise all lovers of plants useful to human beings (the original meaning of a herb garden) to go along and have a look.

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