Journey to Richters

April 7, 2009

This year I’ve offered to start a herb garden in the backyard of my favourite local restaurant, the branch.  A couple of months ago, I sat down with Chef Bruce and came up with a list of items from Richters Herbs, Canada’s herb mecca.  Of course, I sat on it for a couple of months and realized last week that I should call to see how quickly an order could be mailed.  I was told that they would probably mail my order in mid-May, a full month away, as they were currently filling out orders for the US and farther-away places.

I decided I couldn’t wait that long as part of my plan is to propagate cuttings that I can use to fill out the restaurant space.  So on Sunday I drove 3.5 hours one-way to Richters.

I had only been there twice before, usually in late summer when all the seedlings have been picked over.  What awaited me was really exciting:

Long rows of hundreds of varieties of seedlings, all freshly potted up with new, strong growth.  Everything looked great, especially the Mojito Mint:

I made out like a bandit with the following plants:

Left to right: Gorizia rosemary, Edelweiss, Lemon Carpet thyme, Vietnamese coriander and Golden Sage

Left to right: Zaatar, French tarragon, Lemon Sculpture geranium, Lesbos basil and Profusion chives

Left to right: Bay laurel, Greek oregano, Caraway thyme, Crazy Sweet Stevia and French thyme

Left to right: Lemon verbena, Double chammomile, BBQ rosemary, Italian parsley and Orange Spice thyme.

The only thing I didn’t get on my list was the Super Lavender (Lavandula x intermedia ‘Super’), a hybrid lavender grown for its high oil content.  Apparently there had been a problem with the cuttings and only 18 were available which were all scooped up by some woman last week.  Nirts.

I also picked up some seeds: Envigor basil, Genovese basil, Mrs. Burns Lemon basil, Dark Opal basil, climbing nasturtium and a packet of Chef’s Salad (mixed edible flowers: nasturtium, citrus marigold, calendula, heartsease and borage).  A couple of packets of jicama and white and brown mustard for someone else and some organic powdered rooting hormone for me.

What a great weekend!


5 Responses to “Journey to Richters”

  1. Chiot's Run Says:

    I guess I should place my order. I’ve been mulling over the cataloge since Jan, circling everything I want and then trying to weed it down to the top 15-20 things. I always have much more ambition while ordering plants than when they come and it’s actully time to plant them.

  2. Dan Says:

    wow, big place. I have never been but have visited them at Canada Blooms. Good luck with your restaurant garden venture.

  3. keewee Says:

    That has to be “herb Heaven”

  4. Zach Says:

    Wow, you really did make out like a bandit. I say you have bay, You lucky duck. I have always wanted to grow Bay, but it grows too tall for my small yard :(. Good luck with your herbs… I know you will treasure your herb garden as much as I do mine!

  5. Chef Bruce Says:

    Oh Happy Day!!!!!!!

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