Herb Garden of Well-Being

Plants That Can Make Our Lives Better

The design for the Herb Garden was created by renowned horticulturist Holly Shimizu, the former executive director of the U.S. Botanic Garden. The garden is designed to showcase herbs and how they affect our lives and sense of well-being through culinary, medicine, ceremonial and aromatherapy.

The formal area of the Herb Garden is broken down into four sections centered around a low bubbling fountain: herbs used for flavoring, herbs used for teas, herbs used in ceremonies, and herbs used for health. The trees and shrubs outside the formal area contrast with the formality of a traditional herb garden.

Collection Highlights:
Italian Parsley (Petroselinum crispum var. neapolitanum). Most popular herb for its desired stronger taste. Grown for garnishes, soups, stocks, stews, casseroles and salads.
Balsam (Impatiens balsamina) – Garden annual, bee and nectar-feeding bird plant. Traditional remedy for many ailments, fractures and skin afflictions.
Cuban Oregano (Plectranthus ‘Coleus’ amboinicus) – Cooking and medicinal uses.
Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is also called Florida cranberry, red sorrel, or Jamaica sorrel, although it is actually native to Central and West Africa and is grown around the world.