Jekka's Herbetum* displays the largest collection of culinary herbs in the UK, which Jekka has built up over the last three decades. It contains over 300 different culinary herbs, not only a wonderful resource for plant identification for gardeners and a gastronomic experience for chefs and cooks but it also forms the backbone of our new school at the farm.
Recently described as 'A Living Book of Herbs' the Herbetum encapsulates Jekka's passion and knowledge of herbs.
* The Oxford English Dictionary describes the suffix ‘etum’ as one added in Latin to names of trees and other plants, to designate a plantation, grove, garden or collection of the plant specified: as, pinetum, quercetum, arboretum, etc., a forest of pines, oaks, trees, etc.; rosetum, a bed of roses; vinetum, a vineyard, etc.
Top facts about herb collections:
- In 1777 Erasmus Darwin, the Grandfather of Charles Darwin, created a ‘Herboretum’ near Lichfield.
- A herbarium is a collection of dried plants
- A herbary is a garden of herbs or vegetables
- A herbalist or herbarian is a dealer in medicinal herbs
- Herbarism is the science of herbs or plants
- To herbalise is to collect medicinal herbs