“In the Garden with Kathryn”: Annual Herb Festival

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What  a fun day I had on Friday!  I make an annual pilgrimage to the Annual Herb Festival at the Asheville Farmer’s Market.  We are  fortunate to have a large “farm to table” movement in our area and the herb festival is a big event!  Some many people with their baskets…dogs…babies…homemade ice cream and glorious herbs.

I had fun buying all of these herbs and will get them in the ground after May 10th.  My grandmother had a hard and fast rule of…”nothing out before the 10th of May”!  And with our strange weather this year, I am abiding by her rule.  I lost my huge old rosemary plant this year that had weathered so many winters, along with several other herbs.  So off with my list to the festival…

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One of my favorites is French Tarragon!

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And I loved finding Lemon Verbena!

Great for making Lemon Verbena Sorbet in the summer.

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The garden at Chestnut Cottage is finally waking up and I am so excited that I have two new espalier apple trees.  We will get these beauties in the ground this week in the front garden ,  under my front porch.

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Daily, things in the garden are just growing and “greening up”!

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annual herb festival asheville north carolina presented by kathryn greeley designs

This lovely viburnum frames in my fountain so perfectly.

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And oh how I love my lupines!

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annual herb festival asheville north carolina presented by kathryn greeley designs

My peonies seem to tease me for weeks.  They have these fat, sticky buds and just make me think daily that they are going to burst into flower. But not yet…probably a few week away for the peony festival at Chestnut Cottage!

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And my poor lilac bush was split by the very high winds that we had this past week.  But it looks like it will just keep reaching for the sun.

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Guess what else I found at the Farmer’s Market!…  and guess what I made this weekend.

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annual herb festival asheville north carolina presented by kathryn greeley designs

These yummy strawberries were mostly made into strawberry freezer jam over the weekend, with a few left for a new recipe I found in the new May issue of Bon Appetit…Strawberry-Basil Shortcakes.  I highly recommend!

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New week, of course after May 10th, I will put in all of my window box plants.  It is one of my favorite days of the year.  More to come on that, so stay tuned to In the Garden!

annual herb festival asheville north carolina presented by kathryn greeley designs

annual herb festival asheville north carolina presented by kathryn greeley designs

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7 Responses to “In the Garden with Kathryn”: Annual Herb Festival

  1. Luke says:

    Love the espalier apple trees! I wish we had them at our Farmer’s Markets here in Middle Tennessee. They remind me a great deal of my German relatives’ gardens.

  2. Kathryn says:

    Yes, I am so excited! But they didn’t come from the Asheville Farmer’s Market. I found them at a great garden center in Cashiers, NC…Scotland Yard. Isn’t that a clever name for a nursery!

  3. franki says:

    Hah, love the name “Scotland Yard!” It certainly is “nesting” time…our garden center tells me May 15th…no sooner, no later. Hmmm…. franki

  4. mary says:

    Which other herbs are you planting in your garden this year? What garden zone is your garden located? What size vase would you suggest for me to use for a bouquet of irises from my garden? Mary

  5. Kathryn says:

    Mary,
    We are located in Zone 6 (to be exact Zone 6b). I plant rosemary, bay leaf, basil, two types of thyme, French tarragon, oregano, chives, lemon verbena, two kinds of parsley, cilantro, four kinds of mint and sage. I think a nice old pitcher , perhaps about 12-16 inches tall would make a great vase for your iris!
    Kathryn

  6. Mary says:

    Thank you Kathryn…….Mary

  7. Kathryn says:

    You are most welcome Mary!

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