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
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
The book is like a colorful, calming stroll through the realm of summer. (Maclean's
Comprehensive guide ... lots of practical advice on growing herbs as well as suggestions for medicinal uses, recipes and decorations. (Globe and Mail
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
What a lovely, informative and motivating book this is. (Robert Howard Hamilton Spectator
Expansive study ... focus[es] on the plants' physical characteristics ... recipes and hundreds of photos enhance this charming book. (Wylie O'Sullivan Publishers Weekly
Filled with delightful vignettes and essential advice ... lavishly illustrated. (Paper Clips
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
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
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
Essential... Lima is one of our great garden writers... a literate charming guide. (Robert Howard Hamilton Spectator
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
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