Queen of herbs Jekka McVicar writes comprehensive guide

The woman Jamie Oliver describes as "Queen of Herbs", Jekka McVicar has had published a modern update of her Dorling Kindersley classic reference guide Grow Herbs.

Grow Herbs retails at £14.99 book and is billed as "the ultimate reference guide to growing and enjoying herbs".

Jekka McVicar guides readers through every stage of organic herb-growing and includes ideas on how to use herbs in recipies, the home and for beauty and health.

The first chapter on the garden explains how to create and manage a productive organic herb garden covering soil analysis, design and preparation of beds and propagation of plants.

McVicar also talks through the principles of organic gardening and how and when to maintain the garden before showing the reader how to harvest their crops.

Grow Herbs also features a herb A-Z catalogue covering more than 100 of McVicar’s favourite herbs.

McVicar has been awarded 14 Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medals, and was awarded the RHS Lawrence Medal for the best exhibit in 2009. Licensed by the Soil Association and endorsed by Garden Organic, her family-run herb farm in rural South Gloucestershire now grows over 600 varieties, and holds the largest collection of culinary, medicinal, aromatic, and decorative herbs in the UK.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next



This huge but slightly odd genus offers multiple choices for the rock garden or alpine house, says Miranda Kimberley.

Horticulture education update - staying on course

Horticulture education update - staying on course

Raised levels of investment in horticulture education and increased student take-up is welcome news for the industry, says Rachel Anderson.

Are garden centres taking business from department stores?

Are garden centres taking business from department stores?

Can other garden centres learn from Petersham Nurseries and the fusion of retail elements in its new Covent Garden outlet?

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Horticulture Week Top 100 GARDEN CENTRES

Our exclusive ranking of garden centre performance by annual turnover. 

Garden Centre Prices

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world

Read more Peter Seabrook articles

Neville Stein

Business advice from Neville Stein, MD of business consultancy Ovation

Read latest articles