HERBS: The Complete Gardener's Guide

Patrick Lima, Text by (Art/Photo Books), Turid Forsyth, Photographer, Patrick Lima, Author , with photos and illus. by Turid Forsyth. Firefly $24.95 (224p) ISBN 978-1-55209-602-4 ISBN 1-55209-624-6

Leafy, flowering vines and kitchen herbs, seeds, pods, bulbs and all things herbal are showcased in this expansive study. Lima (The Art of Perennial Gardening) and Forsyth focus on the plants' physical characteristics rather than on cultivation: how they look, smell, feel and taste, what makes them thrive, which parts make the best food or medicine. With some basic but not comprehensive know-how ("This 3-foot North American herb [anise-hyssop] wants a place in the middle of a bed of tea herbs or perennials"), the book offers facts and aesthetic appreciation, and as such will primarily benefit cognoscenti. A handful of recipes and hundreds of photos enhance this charming book. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 11/05/2001
Release date: 09/01/2001
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