Jekka's Herb Garden

At Jekka’s we are passionate about sustainably growing and using medicinal and culinary herbs. We love people coming to Jekka’s herb farm and discovering the range and joy of herbs. Herbs  supports a variety of interests, whether it is from a culinary and medicinal perspective, attracting pollinators or for aiding your health and well-being.

Jekka built her Herbetum in 2013 to display her collection of over 400 medicinal and culinary herbs with the aim to educate and inspire today's visitor and to ensure that the history, culinary and medicinal usage of herbs are not lost for future generations. To further Jekka’s vision we are embarking on creating Jekka’s Herb Garden at Jekka’s Herb Farm in South Gloucestershire. For those that visit us on an open day or master class, you would have seen the garden slowly take shape.

Jekka's Herb Gardens

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Inspiration of Jekka’s Herb Garden

Design your own garden

Sustainable & organic gardening

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Construction of Jekka’s Herb Garden

One of our core roots at Jekka’s is to be "Environmentally Conscious” in everything we do, which means that we are sustainable, organic and support the natural biodiversity at Jekka’s Herb Farm. We have followed this principal in the construction of the herb garden selecting suppliers that have similar roots.

For example, the steel edging has been made by Steel Landscaping Co., which, like Jekka’s, is a family run business. They use the best quality steel that lasts a lifetime and both manufacture and fabricate here in the UK.

By constructing Jekka’s Herb Garden on one of our previous hard standings we are reusing the membrane material that will act as a weed suppressor. Throughout the garden, we are using in line drip pipes for irrigation that will cut down on water usage.

We have called on our friends in Putting Down Roots (read about this fantastic organisation in our blog) to help sift and move the recycled topsoil for the herb beds that have been created from green waste from the herb farm.

Needless to say, the herbs will be grown by Jekka and therefore, will be naturally organic and sustainable using peat-free compost and no pesticides or harmful chemicals.

Design of Jekka’s Herb Garden

Example herb petals/beds in Jekka’s Herb Garden

Culinary herb garden

1. Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
2. Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
3. Dill (Anethum graveolens)
4. French Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)
5. Winter Savory (Satureja montana)

Read Jekka's guide to culinary herbs

Medicinal herb garden

1. Bergamot (Monarda)
2. Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
3. Echinacea (Echinacea pallida)
4. Flax, Linseed (Linum perenne)
5. St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Read Jekka's guide to medicinal herbs

Pollinators herb garden

1. Borage (Borago officinalis)
2. Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
3. Lavender (Lavendula)
4. Sage (Salvia)
5. Thyme (Thymus)

Read Jekka's guide to pollinating herbs

Future of Jekka’s

Jekka’s Herb Garden is the next stage in a long evolution of Jekka’s, formerly Jekka’s Herb Farm.

Jekka’s Herb Farm started from a passion that outgrew the garden in Filton, Bristol in 1984 and resulted in the move to Alveston in 1987, at which time the farm was growing just 26 varieties of herbs; this has now increased to over 400 varieties. Over the last three decades Jekka’s has evolved from supplying garden centres to an online mail order business and from 2013, when we created Jekka's Herbetum and school, offering master classes and tours. See Our History for more information.

The last few years have been incredibly tough for the small nursery with Brexit, Covid and the ongoing war in the Ukraine. During this period, we have shifted and grown our online presence with mail order herb boxes and grow at home seed kits as well as a larger garden and home range. We were also delighted to run our first ever Jekka’s HerbFest in 2021 with the next one scheduled for July 2023. We thank everyone that has supported us over this period and before.

We are endlessly growing and are excited about the next phase of Jekka’s where we will focus on our Herb Experiences to teach, educate and inspire the future herb growers by instilling our passion for culinary and medicinal herbs. The first stage of this is Jekka’s Herb Garden.

Jekka's Herb Experiences