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Inspired by the book: Herbarium

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1. Herbarium Gift Wrap

The graphic nature of the Herbarium book illustrations lend themselves perfectly to all other kinds of graphic goodies like this set of wrapping paper and matching tags. These are pretty even if you never read the book!

2. Eyebright Tincture

The book says "eyebright was a fourteenth century cure for 'all evils of the eye' and eyebright today is still famous for its use in treating eye problems." A tincture like this one from famous herbologist Dr. John R. Christopher includes bayberry bark and cayenne as well as eyebright for vision support.

3. Herbarium Notecards

Fun and bright, this box of 16 notecards contains illustrations from the book and are beautiful enough to be framed but they come with envelopes so you can write personal notes and send them off proudly.

4.Houttuynia cordata plant (a.k.a. 'Heartleaf')

Houttuynia cordata is tolerant of a wide range of soils, shade or sun and is a good plant to grow in containers. It is used in herbal medicine for its antiviral and antibacterial properties. Herbarium tells us 'it has also known to work for hay fever and poor circulation, and has recently been suggested to have anti-obesity properties".  Eat it with fish, beef, duck, seafood, garlic, lemongrass and nasturtium. Or just grow it for its landscape beauty.

5. Windowsill Herb Garden

This little self-contained garden comes with everything you need, including seeds...or use the book to pick your own combo and plant her up.  Grow your herbs inside or out.

 
6. Ceramic Hanging Herb Planter

We like the idea of hanging this collection of 4 clay pots near the food and keeping your cooking herbs close at hand.  It comes with seeds for the most-used culinary herbs, and even some soil for a quickly assembled kitchen garden.

7. Botanic Tote

Carry supplies for garden or work by grabbing yourself a tote with one of the beautiful pieces of Herbarium art work.

8. Fairy Garden Planter

If you're gonna go for it and plant up some of the herbs from the book, you might as well decorate the yard with a whimsical home for them.  Cast of stone and made to look like a stump, people will surely think faeries are helping your plants flourish.

9. Wasabi Plant

Wasabi is a herbaceous perennial that grows naturally in cold mountain streams in Japan so you can grow it in a humid, shady place in boggy soil (it must not dry out).  The book tells us wasabi likes cool, cloudy summers. Herbarium has some fascinating facts about wasabi including about some chemists in 2011 who invented a wasabi alarm to wake deaf people using wasabi's potent scent.  Lots of culinary uses for wasabi, including swapping it out for horseradish.

10. Organically-shaped Vases

Super cute and uber-modern, these are sold as vases, but could easily and stylishly be made into little herb-growing pots.

11. Herbarium Reference Cards

These reference cards feature 100 herbs and practical tips to grow them, cook with them and use them for medicine.  The illustrations--all abstract forms and vibrant colors are taken from the award-winning book that is this month's SmartPlant Book Club selection.  Kind of like a modern-day flash card set but much more interesting!

 

12. A Truly Smart Garden

If you can believe it, this little Nasa-inspired, fully contained garden automatically ensures that your herbs will receive the light, water and nutrients they need.  Pretty much all you need to do is set it up using the capsules provided...add water...and plug it in.  It's kinda cool.

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