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The Herb Society – Members Online Event – 18th May 2024

May 18 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

The Herb Society Online Event: Saturday 18th May 2024 (10.30am to 12 noon)

Members, we’re excited to announce our second online event of the year!

Please save the date and join us online for a morning of glorious herbs, excellent speakers and knowledge that you can use at home.

Tickets for our next event on Saturday May 18th will be available soon and booking access will be advised in the Herb Society Newsletter.

Not a member? Annual membership costs just £40. For full details of all member benefits please click here.


Creating A Sustainable Cutting Garden 


Live from her 19th Century Cheshire wharf built by Thomas Telford, Kathryn Cronin – a leading sustainable florist and the founder of Fierceblooms, will be motivating us with her ideas and inspiration for creating and growing our own sustainable, scented, seasonal cutting garden with both flowers and herbs.


In addition, she will be giving us practical tips to be more sustainable in our gardening practices and will be making a live demonstration of how to make a Tussie Mussie, that captures the beauty of May, in it’s purest, most seasonal moment.


Kathryn’s first love was flowers and gardening, inspired by her late grandfather. After studying a degree in Botany, followed by a 25-year corporate career, she returned to what she loved most. Now, 10 years later, Kathryn has created a thriving, sustainable and environmentally focussed British flower business, for which herbs are playing an increasingly important role, in her highly-acclaimed wild garden style designs.


Fierceblooms is an environmentally friendly, wholly sustainable business. Kathryn creates everlasting and fresh floral wild garden style designs for beautiful weddings, funerals and life’s many other meaningful moments – all of which are compostable. She also runs classes and workshops for small groups.  All use exclusively British grown flowers from her seasonal, scented canal side wild garden.


Out of the industrial rubble of yesteryear now comes gorgeous everlasting and fresh flowers, food, and herbs, from the heavy clay soil of the land. “Our sustainable commitment is to the life and love of the land, that we are fortunate to be custodians of.”




The Magic of Herbs


As Herb Society members we are passionate about herbs and probably if we grow them, we understand how they behave in unexpected ways. Probably also, we have all had a deep, emotional, or mystical experience with herbs, maybe standing in the allotment at twilight and watching them or walking away feeling inspired or calmed or happy just seeing their jolly faces. This is not mere whimsy. Plants, like all living things have their character and nature and some we resonate with and love, while we feel no connection to others.

In this talk, Elisabeth will explore some of her thoughts on the Magic of Herbs and her favourites and those she gives the thumbs down to. Plants have much to teach us if we care to listen.

Elisabeth Brooke qualified as a Herbalist in 1980 and has been in practice since then. She runs workshops and teaches worldwide and is the author of nine books including the bestselling A Woman’s Book of Herbs and Herbal Therapy for Women – both published by www.aeonbooks.co.uk


Instagram: @elisabeth.cl.brooke


Growing herbs, companion planting and so much more…


John Cullen Gardens was created by partners John & Hugh from their modest back garden in North London NW2 in 2010. Both partners were made redundant from their established careers in 2008 and decided to retrain in the horticultural industry. John in Garden design and Hugh in Floristry.  After a success five years the business relocated to rural South Lincolnshire in 2015. Focusing more on the growing of plants they now hold the National Collection of Achillea millefolium and specialise also in plants for pollinators along with medicinal and culinary herbs. They follow organic growing methods within the nursery. They hold over 20 RHS medals for their displays in the various floral marquees across the RHS shows. They have featured on BBC Gardeners World in 2019 where the team visited their nursery and followed their journey to the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival.

John will give a talk on the diverse use of growing herbs from companion planting to herbal garden feeds and preserving the herbs so that you have access to your favourite herbs all year round. He will also share the growing and propagating methods that they use at their nursery.


John Cullen Gardens. Eagle Lodge, Archers Lane, Algarkirk, Lincolnshire. PE20 2AG




May 18
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