There is nothing more satisfying to a gardener than the coming of good gardening weather. This year we have certainly earned our spring days, after all the crazy late snows and harsh weather. My spring bulbs were just starting to emerge, and now they are covered by a blanket of white. My father always said that a little snow was nature's fertilizer, and he never worried too much about a late dusting of the white stuff. But I am anxious to get out and get my hands dirty in the soil.
I've been reading a lot lately about the benefits of being outdoors. As a gardener and owner of a farm, I spend a portion of each day outside - whether I want to or not. The plants and animals need to be tended to, and so I bundle up in the winter and venture out. I am also inclined, in order to get some aerobic exercise, to walk in nearby woods, rather than on a treadmill or on the sidewalks down my street. During the time I spend outdoors, I find myself contemplating nature, organizing my thoughts and generally focusing on breathing in the greeness by which I find myself surrounded.
We were established in 2007 by owner and operator Karen O'Brien.
The property, located in the central Massachusetts town of Mendon, has always been used for agricultural purposes. Part of the barn dates back to the 1700s. The grounds have been planted with fruit trees, berry bushes, and several herb and vegetable gardens. These gardens include culinary, scented, medicinal, and winged beast beds. Karen has owned the farm since 1982 and has operated organically for most of that time. She raises chickens and turkeys, which provide great compost for the plantings. She has gardened for more than 30 years and is certified as a Master Gardener. Herb plants are available for sale, and workshops on using herbs and flowers ~ in cooking, for decorating, and in the landscape ~ are scheduled during the year, as well as celebrations of seasonal interest. Karen is available for demonstrations and can custom design workshops for any age or skill level.
More and more, people are going "green" and interested in returning to a healthier, more natural lifestyle. The use of herbs is not limited to culinary pursuits, though many will begin their herbal adventures in such a way.
Herbs can enhance our lives by:
One need not have a large expanse of space or unending time to enjoy the pleasure of herbs. Our mission is to promote the knowledge of useful plants and to foster a greater appreciation of the natural world by using herbs in everyday life.
Offered from late April through June/July ~ concentrating on lesser known herbs and ornamental flowers
Our gardens are varied in shape and form, using readily available materials. You will get inspiration to create your own "herbal oasis".
Offered 2 to 4 times a month on various seasonal topics. Our goal is to educate our customers on the uses of herbs and allow creativity in fashioning unique herbal treasures.