Jekka’s is home to the largest collection of culinary herbs in the UK, it is not only a wonderful resource for plant identification but also a gastronomic delight for anyone interested in good food. Jekka's herbetum contains over 400 culinary herbs carefully planted in raised beds on Jekka's herb farm, enabling visitors to walk amongst them.
Jekka's was first established in 1985 in the family’s back garden of a semi detached in central Bristol. It has grown from Jekka’s passion for herbs and food, health and wellbeing.
Jekka’s herbetum has been described as a living book of herbs and has matured and grown into an inspiring resource for gardeners, garden designers, chefs, cooks, schools and herbalists.
For the past 30 years all the herbs grown at Jekka’s have been raised using organic and sustainable principles resulting in a remarkable biodiversity at the herb farm.
Whether you are starting out, an avid chef, a plant enthusiast or garden designer our herb collection is likely to have something to inspire you. We are growing a virtual Herbetum called Jekkapedia enabling you to browse and learn at your leisure. We hope you will find it both informative and useful. We look forward to showing you around Jekka's Herbetum at the Herb Farm.Explore
We are looking for an enthusiastic, experienced horticulturist to join our team. With a passion for herbs, experience in propagation, potting and watering and a good knowledge of pests and diseases. Check out our current vaccancies.Current Vacancies
Jekka has done so much to promote the value and varied uses of herbs and we owe her a huge debt for all her work - not least in showing people what can be achieved by gardening without chemicals.
Fewer young people have been taking an interest in horticulture, and the greater majority of farming methods are fighting a losing battle against nature, as opposed to working with it like Jekka and Mac have done for the last quarter of a century. Myself, my family, and everyone in the restaurants and charity send all our love to everyone at Jekka's Herb Farm.
Jekka's show stands at Chelsea and Hampton Court have always stood out. I wasn't the first and won't be the last to be inspired by her incredible passion for herbs and her wealth of knowledge.
The life & thymes of an award winning herb farm. Posts about Jekka, the Herbetum, the Herb Farm and herb plants
July 14, 2019
Jekka's Guide to Edible Flowers
It is surprising how many flowers growing in our gardens or on our balcony are actually edible; but how many do you actually eat? The Chinese were purportedly the first to experiment with flowers as far back as 3000 B.C, since then, the Romans and Greeks are known to have...
June 30, 2019
Jekka's guide to Rosemary (Rosmarinus)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus) is a most versatile and useful herb in the home, being both culinary and medicinal. Although we have written about Rosemary a few times before, please see our other blogs on the myth and magic of rosemary, its culinary properties or its use as a herbal infusion, there is still...
June 17, 2019
Jekka's tips on using herbs - culinary and medicinal properties
Herbs provide a feast for the senses and, as Jekka recently said, 'they are the high notes in the orchestra as the conductor makes the music swirl around the auditorium'. Within Jekka's Herbetum we have over 400 culinary herbs from which to choose. The majority will happily grow in containers,...
April 14, 2019
Jekka's tips on starting a culinary herb garden: planning, planting, maintaining and harvesting
A culinary herb garden is a must have for any keen gardener or cook. It brings flavour to any kitchen and colour and texture to the garden. Getting started The first thing to decide is where you wish your culinary herb garden to be; the best site is a sunny area...