Don’t miss the chance to sneak a peak behind the scenes of Jamie Oliver’s favourite herb grower, with open days at Jekka McVicar’s new Herbetum in South Gloucestershire.
Over the last 3 years Jekka has slowly transformed her working nursery into a beautiful display garden that showcases over 300 different culinary herbs in rather stylish (and practical) wooden raised beds. It’s said to be the biggest display of its kind in the UK so you’ll find plenty of inspiration about which herbs you can try in your garden, balcony or window sill.
Jekka takes two mini-tours of her Herbetum during the day, so you have plenty of opportunity to ask her advice and pick up tips about growing herbs as well as taste some of the varieties used in a delicious selection of homemade cakes as well as herbal teas on offer in their tearoom.
Look out for the August issue of The Simple Things, featuring Jekka's herb garden planting plans.
Jekka McVicar’s Herbetum Open Days:
13, 25 & 26 July, 10am - 4pm
(13 July opens for the NGS and a £5 entry fee goes to the charity)
Words: Cinead McTernan
Photograph of Jekka McVicar: Jason Ingram