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Look What’s Growing in the Herb Garden

The Herb Garden is in its late-summer glory now. Several beautiful cultivars of tomatoes and peppers are ripe, and legumes and grains are maturing. Some specialty crops—like roselle, which is used in making sorrel drink—look pretty spectacular too. Curator Maeve Turner has also started to plant cool-season crops like broccoli and cauliflower for fall harvest. A few plants on display now show how pretty certain edible plants can become if you don't harvest them. Take lettuce, for instance. When allowed to bolt (flower and go to seed), the leaves become bitter, but the plant can take on new dimensions. The 'Lollo Rossa' cultivar in the garden now, for example, has grown into lovely red pyramidal towers. Artichokes also produce beautiful purple flowers if the the tasty buds aren't eaten.

Enjoy a few photos, but be sure to visit to see the rest of the season unfold!


  • Susan September 10, 2014

    Fantastic looking tomatoes! I grow a few varieties myself and I will never dull to their beauty.

  • caleb leech September 3, 2014

    That looks lovely! Glad to see so many beauties! The bolting lettuce with the cool blue of the leeks, hibiscus, and artichokes look fantastic. Great job!

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A twist on the traditional three sisters planting: hyacinth bean vines (Lablab purpureus) growing on sorghum (Sorghum bicolor ‘Colored Uprights’). Photo by Sarah Schmidt.
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The red sepals of the roselle plant (Hibiscus sabdariffa ‘Jamaica’) are used in making sorrel drink, a popular Caribbean beverage. Photo by Sarah Schmidt.
Artichoke flowers (Cynara scolymus ‘Opera’) in the Herb Garden. Photo by Morrigan McCarthy.
Tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum ‘Ozark Sunset’) are ripe in the Herb Garden. Photo by Morrigan McCarthy.
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Some lettuces (Lactuca sativa) grow in attractive pyramidal tower shapes if allowed to bolt. Photo by Sarah Schmidt.