November 2011 Issue
Wreathed in Flavor
Weave a circle of herbs for a savory kitchen accessory.
It was originally intended as a garage. But Kristi Webster and other members of the Western Reserve Herb Society (WRHS) use the space at her Kirtland Hills home as Wreath Central. Dried flowers and herbs, including blue salvia, yarrow and sage, artistically hang upside down in little bunches from wooden drying racks attached to a garage wall. Bushel baskets and brown paper bags hold seed pods from Love-in-a-Mist (Nigella damascena) and bouquets of baby’s breath and lavender.
“Eighty percent of the plants we use come from The Western Reserve Herb Garden at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Others come from our personal gardens and a few we buy,” says Webster, adding that wreaths are sold at the society’s annual herb fair and year round in the garden’s gift shop.
Although the group’s decorative wreaths are beautiful and well received, it is the Soup Wreath that is most popular. To read more, click here to subscribe. >>