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Leafy, flowering vines and kitchen herbs, seeds, pods, bulbs and all things herbal are showcased in this expansive study. Lima (The Art of Perennial Gardening) and Forsyth focus on the plants' physical characteristics rather than on cultivation: how they look, smell, feel and taste, what makes them thrive, which parts make the best food or medicine. With some basic but not comprehensive know-how ("This 3-foot North American herb [anise-hyssop] wants a place in the middle of a bed of tea herbs or perennials"), the book offers facts and aesthetic appreciation, and as such will primarily benefit cognoscenti. A handful of recipes and hundreds of photos enhance this charming book.

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A text to sit back and read enjoyably while comparing qualities of different herbs. (American Herb Association Quarterly 2002-01-01)

A most attractive coffee-table book, this volume is at the same time an excellent reference resource for the herb gardener. (Koraljka Lockhart American Reference Book Annual 2002-01-01)

The book is like a colorful, calming stroll through the realm of summer. (Maclean's 2001-12-10)

Comprehensive guide ... lots of practical advice on growing herbs as well as suggestions for medicinal uses, recipes and decorations. (Globe and Mail 2001-11-24)

A must read for cooks who wish to enhance new and favorite recipes with fresh herbs, people interested in natural alternative medicines, craftspeople who turn their hand to scented designs and, of course, gardeners who enjoy tending herbs and are on the lookout for interesting new plants to add colors, scents and foliage to their beds. (Chesapeake Home 2002-01-01)

What a lovely, informative and motivating book this is. (Robert Howard Hamilton Spectator 2001-11-08)

Expansive study ... focus[es] on the plants' physical characteristics ... recipes and hundreds of photos enhance this charming book. (Wylie O'Sullivan Publishers Weekly 2001-11-05)

Filled with delightful vignettes and essential advice ... lavishly illustrated. (Paper Clips 2001-09-01)

The striking color photographs and detailed watercolors make this a hard book to put down. But as I read through it, I realized that it's more than a coffee-table book. It contains very good herbal information ... This is a delightful and very informative read. (Julie Coleman Lexington Herald-Leader 2002-03-15)

The informational material in this book is exquisitely complemented by photos and illustrations ... the use of high-quality paper assures great reproduction. "Herbs" is as beautiful as it is useful. (Myrna Collins Appleton Post-Crescent 2002-02-27)

Herbs provides you with the essential knowledge to build your herbal garden from the soil up ... fun read. (Haley Carpinelli Colorado Homes and Lifestyle Magazine)

It is ... herbs as they can be used to enhance the landscape that is most appealing about this book. (American Gardener 2002-06-15)

Essential... Lima is one of our great garden writers... a literate charming guide. (Robert Howard Hamilton Spectator 2004-10-31)

Herbs: The Complete Gardener's Guide by Ontario gardener Patrick Lima is big, beautiful and reasonably priced. More than 100 herbs are covered in chatty fashion, together with tales of Lima's personal herb-growing adventures. (Mary Fran McQuade Vaughan Today 2008-12-12)

Patrick Lima's graceful garden prose takes a wide-ranging approach to herbs. His observations and advice are anchored in the herbs he and his partner grow at Larkwhistle, their garden high up on Ontario's Bruce Peninsula, as well as those found in the garden of his collaborator Turid Forsyth. Some chapters are devoted to such idiosyncratic subjects as alliums and garden silverware-or herbs with silvery leaves. Turid Forsyth's watercolours and photographs are given lots of elbow room to very good effect. A lovely book. (Aldona Satterthwaite Canadian Gardening 2010-04-01)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (April 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552096246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552096246
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,357,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kalan on April 24, 2003
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"I want to plant a herb garden!"
That's how I felt after reading this book!
I learnt that herbs are beautiful, useful & so colorful, yet they are easy to grow.
The book shows many pictures so you know how the herbs look & how to arrange them. It also introduces other herbs that you may have forgotten about. The book chapters make it easy & helpful to look through, chapters such as: herbs that seed, salads, tea, silver colored herbs, flowering, scented etc.
At the end there are tips on planting, freezing & drying. Also a few herb recipes that look delicious, but I haven't tried them yet.
All in all a beautiful book to look at
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This book covers the kitchen pantry of herbs all the way through to fragrant herbs to enhance your garden borders. The information is comprehensive, the photos and art work are lovely to look at, and the book is easy to use for all types of herbal information. There are even a good recipes using the herbs you will grow. Useful for all levels of gardeners.
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This book seems to have a variety of information about herbs. Would be good for any gardener who wants to grow herbs.
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