I really enjoyed writing my 6th book about the ancient world of herbs. Herbs and medicinal plants are very fascinating, the research showed me all kinds of uses for plants I thought were just pretty garden flowers. Many of the plants mentioned in the book are poisonous and have a dark side going back to the Medieval times. I also have a great deal of respect for the many herbalists who studied the plants and shared their findings in their own herbals. Tea in the Garden: Herbs, Teas & Tisanes also looks at my own little patch to reveal plants I grow that have ancient origins. Thank you to all my followers who read my books. Below is the link to iTunes.
My new book is now available, it is called Tea in the Garden: Tea Leaves and Cherry Blossoms. The book provides a glimpse into the enchanting world of the Japanese tea culture and especially the pretty sakura. Sakura is Japanese for cherry blossom! Japan is famous for its green teas and the book looks at the different tea regions, it touches on bonsai, ikebana flower arranging, the tea house garden and it would not be a tea book without exploring The Way of Tea. The Way of Tea is deeply steeped in Buddhist philosophies, when one experiences tea in Japan they are closer to enlightenment.
I had so much fun writing my 4th iTunes Book, it really spoke to my two passions: tea and gardening! Tea in the Garden: Tea, Bulbs and Blooms looks at the teas we drink and the plants we enjoy from the perspective of how plants grow. With spring planting upon us, my book talks about the difference between a bulb, rhizome, corm and tuber and the plants that grow from them. We all love to grow big flowers and in order to achieve this we must know what is going on below the soil line. If you like tea and gardening, dig in and enjoy the book! Please go to the iTunes link:
Sorry I have not had a blog entry since the summer, this site is almost full, last time I added photos I had used 98% of my free site space! I want to keep Heather’s Tea Garden fun and interesting and most of all not too big. This way visitors can scroll back and read my previous posts. With this said I started a new WordPress blog to focus on my career as a writer/teacher and speaker. My new site is Heather A Webb.com, all one word. My first post highlighted my trip to the UBC Botanical Gardens. I was invited by the “Friends of the Garden” to speak about tea. My talk focused on the many similarities between tea and plants and the cultural significance of each tea and plant. In a nutshell: white tea and peonies, green tea and jasmine, oolong tea and dahlias, black tea and roses, pu’erh tea and chrysanthemums. It was fun and by the comments the garden members really enjoyed it. Please feel free to scroll through and read about my “Adventures in the World of Gardening and Tea” as I will still be updating the categories from time to time.
Tea in the Garden: Tea and Spices is an in depth look at the ancient relationship between tea and spices. There is more to spices than jars in the local supermarket, tea is more interesting than a box of bargain tea bags. Both tea and spices have travelled long and exotic paths to become the items used daily all over the world. The book will look at the following intriguing questions: What defines a spice? Is a spice the same as an herb or other blooming plant? Do spices grow in the same regions as tea? How many different types of teas are there? What are the spices in masala spiced tea? Delicious recipes are found at the end of some chapters highlighting the spices mentioned. The search for the mystical source of spices was the beginning of man’s discovery of the New World, starting in the early 15th century right up to the 17th century. By land along the famous Tea Horse Trail and over seas via the Spice Route, spices and tea were in great demand, wars were fought over the control of theses trade routes. Come along on this magical carpet ride as we travel to far away lands and visit ancient, magnificent cultures to uncover the mystery of tea and spices!
Today I held my annual open garden for the members of the Maple Ridge Garden Club. For those of you not familiar with where I live in Chilliwack, Maple Ridge is over an hour drive west from Chilliwack. We lived in Maple Ridge for almost 20 years before buying our new home/garden in the winter of 2013. Shortly after moving into our Maple Ridge home in 1998 I joined the garden club. Currently there are over 100 members so it is one of the biggest garden clubs in the province. Today I was very happy to see many friends and very humbled they would make the trek out to the country to see me! I am still a member, probably the furthest away, but I have many dear friends in the club. Enjoy the pictures from our day!
Everyone enjoyed seeing what we had done with the garden in only three seasons, then we went next door and admired Susan and Ken’s garden, they are growing the most stunning clematis on the fence!
Then we kept going to Rus and Helene’s garden to admire the the raised veggie beds!
Everyone trooped back to my garden for some treats and jasmine tea. I thought the jasmine was appropriate for gardeners!
The sun was out and the garden looked great! Lovely friends and pretty flowers who could ask for anything more?
In case anyone is wondering the development where we live is called Garrison Crossing in Chilliwack, British Columbia. Future gardener Levin playing peekaboo under the fence.
After all these years of gardening I am still amazed by the beauty of nature. For me gardening is not work, I find it to be a great way to de-stress, I can garden for hours and get so caught up I loose track of time! For all the care I give my plants I am rewarded with stunning blooms and food to eat. I enjoy my garden immensely, its inspiring, relaxing, and simply a lovely place to have a cup of tea and watch the hummingbirds!
I hope you get as much satisfaction from your garden as I receive from mine!