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English Herbalist Query

  • Subject: [cg] English Herbalist Query
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 18:01:15 EST


This message was posted to the  Clinton Community Garden  website this morning and just arrived in my mailbox.  It is one of the more interesting and flattering queries our Hell's Kitchen  based Clinton Community Garden has had in a long while, akin to  getting a call from a  Herr Haydn in Vienna on the best way to begin the writing of a musical composition in sonata form.

While I've answered Mr. Watson's query in my usual way, I'm sure that international crew  brilliant herbalists, master gardeners and dirty fingernail community gardeners will have their two pence to throw in the pot. 

Please do!  Kindly send your responses to Mr. Watson at asmw@dsl.pipex.com copying your response to the American Community Gardening association listserv at community_garden@mallorn.com.

Thanking you all in advance,
Adam Honigman
Clinton Community Garden

Subj: FW: Guest Book Message
Date: 3/5/04 10:38:01 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: nseverance@audubon.org
To: adam36055@aol.com
Sent from the Internet

any interest in corresponding with this British dude?

-----Original Message-----
From: ccg1@host5.webserver10.com [mailto:ccg1@host5.webserver10.com]
Sent: Friday, March 05, 2004 4:53 AM
Subject: Guest Book Message

name:   Barry(jolly green giant)Watson
garden: Forest Farm UK
email:  asmw22@dsl.pipex.com
B1:    Submit


Forest Farm is just starting out, in London Borough of Redbridge.an over grown allotment site 16 acres in area.We are setting out a three acre International Medicinal herb garden. Linked to UEL University of East London &college of Phytotherapy.So Please can we exchange Ideas.

Dear Mr. Watson,

Thank you for your query. As you can see from our website, ( Clinton Community Garden) the Clinton Community Garden does have a nice public herb garden, where neighborhood residents can cut fresh herbs for dinner and a well established bed for Native American and endangered plantings tended by volunteers Annie Chadwick and Faser Hardin.  We are sited on a third of an acre in an area adjacent to that might be best desribed as the Manhattan equivalent of both London's West End  & the City. The Clinton Community Garden, sited on the footprint of 5 demolished tenement and their back yards, has 4,000 + keyholders and serves a local community board area with 90,000 souls.

The very idea of  volunteer gardeners having the opportunity to set aside 3 acres of a pre-existing 16 acre allotment garden in any city is mind-boggling!

Were I you, I would first come up with a working team of good, hardworking and congenial gardeners from your allotment garden. Failing that, congenial and harworking will do. We can always learn to garden better, but congeniality is a gift.

Go with these 5 or so souls to a local pub and start to roughly lay out the space in which this herb garden should be sited, a plan of how you want to start

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