Aga Uka Red Hats make "Tussie Mussie" bouquets and have lunch on Edna's deck.
Brenda and her "Tussie Mussie" bouquet.
Edna recently spoke to the Town and Country Garden Club of Bakersfield. Her subject was “Cooking with Herbs in Italy and the U.S.”. She demonstrated the use of twelve herbs and handed out samples to the attendees.
Gourmet Gals enjoy a lunch exchange at Edna's herb garden

Some Herb Plant Suppliers

Cricklewood Secret Garden

Mountain Valley Growers
(On line catalog)

Lingle’s Herbs
(On line catalog)

Herb Fresh
(On line catalog)

Herb Soc
Tehachapi Gardeners Gone Diggin’

Much is said about how difficult it is to garden in our mountain community. The possibility of a late frost makes it necessary to perform some garden chores in May and June rather than April. Many shrubs appear dead and some plants will not burst forth until the weather is more consistently warm both day and night. April is a good month to cut the dead wood from shrubs, put in new plants and move volunteers to their new location. Roots establish more quickly in cooler soil so don’t wait until the hot weather is upon us.

The good news is that many plants do very well in our climate and bloom early in spite of weather deterrents. We will discuss several “easy to grow” plants including shrubs, flowers and trees. They are all pictured here as they presently appear in my garden.

Euphorbia myrsinitis is a low growing, tufted, evergreen perennial. It looks best in the spring with its showy chartreuse flowers but is less attractive in the heat of summer. It hunkers down in the colder months but remains green. It will cover slopes and fill in large spaces as it creeps and “pops” its seeds throughout your garden.

Iberis sempervirens (candytuft) is an evergreen perennial that displays its lovely white flowers from spring until fall. It grows and spreads in clumps and by seed. It will quickly fill in an area and provide plants for new locations.

Mahonia aquifolium (Oregon grape) is an evergreen shrub that matures to five feet high and wide. It displays clusters of tiny yellow flowers in the spring, and purple berries with bronze leaves in the fall. The berries attract birds, and can also be used to make jelly.

A flower we must include in our Tehachapi garden is the daffodil, a member of the narcissus family. Where would we be without those “cheery yellow smiles” in the spring? The bulbs grow best in full sun when flowering, but partial shade is preferred in hot areas when the blooming is done. For this reason they do very well under deciduous trees.

A favored ornamental tree is the flowering plum, a member of the large botanical “prunus” family. The showy pink flowers appear before the purplish leaves unfold. The tree is a delight to behold even when covered with a surprise spring snow. It will not tolerate prolonged periods with “wet roots” and should not be planted in a boggy area


All five of these plants are adaptable, easily grown and not fussy about soil, water or sun. Our neighborhoods have mini-climates due to exposure so I suggest you look around your area for plants that are being successfully cultivated. Add those to the list of five we have discussed and you and these plants will soon be springin’ into action!
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Some Views
Our Country Herb Garden

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's
Plant Information Online
Herb Net
San Diego Botanical Garden

Members of the Bakersfield Green Thumb Garden Club enjoy a day in Edna’s herb Garden!

They make Tussie Mussies, dig herb plants for their gardens, visit the Biblical Herb Garden at the Stallion Springs Community Church and have a picnic lunch under the oaks.

Edna makes a Power Point presentationon Herb Garden Design Foor the Green Thumb Garden Club of Bakersfield. Contact Edna if you would like to have Edna make this presentation to your organization
American Herb Association

Designing your own herb garden was fun with this enthusiastic group. Everyone dug several “baby herb plants” to get their dream gardens started!

The Loop Newspaper
Teenagers like to make Lavender Wands too!
Lavender Wand class at "Thrive" raises money for Relay for Life.










































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Lavender Wand “Make n’Take” workshop in Edna’s herb garden. Everyone makes their own lovely wand.
























The Gourmet Gals Celebrate a lunch exchange. Look at those containers!!