Wednesday, 28 October 2009
My island herbs
Its always such a treat to visit a passionate gardener.
The herb garden at Sunnybrae has suffered over the last few years and while many of the standard stock has survived we have lost a lot of special plants collected from friends and visitors. Judi and Ken Forrester’s Otway Herbs just outside Apollo Bay is an inspiration. Hidden away in the hills overlooking Bass straight Judi has over many years created a magnificent collection of unusual forms of many herbs that just do not appear in standard nurseries. She travels the world and Australia collecting unusual heritage plants that form the basis of her beautiful biodynamic nursery. Thymes from the Aeolian islands, unusual mints, pungent savouries collected from neighbours and other collectors vie for space amongst unusual berries, succulents and mints. The most unexpected find on this visit was a native celery collected from the Kent group of islands in Bass Straight.
My mates regularly holiday on Erith island in this magnificent part of the world and I have fond memories of a visit there in the late seventies.