Queen of Herbs Jekka creates new garden at showground site

May 31 2017

HERB expert Jekka McVicar has designed the first specially commissioned permanent garden at the Three Counties Showground.

HERB expert Jekka McVicar has designed the first specially commissioned permanent garden at the Three Counties Showground.

Jekka, whose herb farm is in Alveston, created the Health and Well-being Garden for the site in Malvern, where it was opened during the recent Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Malvern Spring Festival.

 It will now remain for use by Pathways, a charity for adults with learning difficulties, which uses gardening and the environment to introduce young people to the working world. Schools and educational establishments will also benefit from the garden.

Jekka is the RHS ambassador for health through horticulture and the garden was the focus for a Live Well Zone at the festival.

Known as the Queen of Herbs, Jekka was inspired by a holistic system of healthcare known as Ayurvedic medicine when designing the elliptical garden, the features of which include a cherry tree walk edged with lavender and a tranquil seating area.

Last year, Jekka designed her first feature garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, having exhibited there for many years and winning a string of gold medals for her displays of herbs.

That garden, called A Modern Apothecary and including herbs grown at her nursery, was inspired by conversations with doctors and other care professionals about the benefits of plants and gardens to people’s health.

It has now been recreated at St John’s Hospice in St John’s Wood, London. 

Meanwhile, award winning Jekka, whose many fans include royalty and celebrity chefs, is also working on developing a roof garden for Southmead Hospital.

She is also in the middle of a series of open days at her nursery in Shellards Lane, with the next on June 2 and 3, July 7 and 8 and September 1 and 2.

The farm will also host an RHS open day on Saturday, August 5, and will be involved in the National Gardens Scheme open days on Sunday, August 6. Further details are available on the Jekka’s Herb Farm website. 

 

Pictures courtesy of RHS Malvern Spring Festival