- June 19, 2016
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Self-seeding herbs by Ruth Ridley

Live and let live in the garden Many flowering herbs do have a tendency to set seed, often in the most unlikely places. In my garden, I believe in letting seedlings stay where they are until I can identify them! Wall herbs Herb robert, Geranium Robertianum, readily self-seeds into cracks in the wall, and was traditionally used for ...
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- May 20, 2016
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Herb Society events 2016 by Ruth Ridley

It's May and the sun is shining on herb gardens around the country A great time of year to get out and about for herbal inspiration RHS Flower Shows Chelsea Flower Show this year is 24-28 May. The Herb Society doesn't take a stand at this event, but we can guarantee a profusion of herbs! For example ...
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- March 12, 2016
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Stevia and the No Added Sugar controversy by Ruth Ridley

Can the herb stevia provide the answer to chemical additives? Artificial sweeteners and the proposed sugar tax As I write this, there is a national campaign fronted by Jamie Oliver to tax sugary drinks. This is an admirable battle in the war against childhood obesity, with primary schools and the NHS standing to share £1bn in ...
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- January 27, 2016
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Scientific evaluation of lavender by Ruth Ridley

Medical use of the popular herb Following on from the previous article about the cognitive effects of sage and rosemary, it might be interesting to look at scientific evidence for the effects of lavender, as this is arguably Britain's most popular and useful flowering herb. Lavender has a range of claimed effects, and here we discuss ...
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- November 3, 2015
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Cognitive effects of herbs rosemary and sage by Ruth Ridley

Rosemary for Remembrance There was a lot of interest recently in a programme on the BBC in which rosemary essential oil vapour in a room was shown to improve the memory of test subjects, and that the active ingredients were able to be detected in the subjects' bloodstreams afterwards. You can read more about this ...
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- October 13, 2015
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Herb Society AGM 2015 by Ruth Ridley

Ryton Organic Garden in the sunshine The Herb Society was very lucky with the weather for this years AGM which was held at Garden Organic near Coventry. Herb Society day out in pictures Thank you very much to Nicky Westwood, Penny Asquith-Evans and and Gwenneth Heyking for sharing their lovely pictures of the day! Click on images ...
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- August 4, 2015
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Our Herb Society stand at Tatton Park 2015 by Ruth Ridley

Thyme for Tea at Tatton flower show RHS Tatton has just finished, and we are really pleased with the way our stand was received! The Herb Society wanted to highlight the many plants and flowers commonly grown in a British garden that could be used as a herbal tea. Beautiful garden design ...
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- June 10, 2015
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Bowood House Garden Festival by Ruth Ridley

Emphasis on Herbs at Bowood Last weekend was Bowood House garden festival in Wiltshire. It is one of two garden festivals organised by Herb Society President Toby Buckland, the other one being Powderham in Devon. Bowood is a grade I listed Georgian country house with interiors by Robert Adam and gardens designed by Capability Brown. ...
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