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The Chagrin Valley Herb Society was founded in 1989. Ground was broken for the garden in 1992. The garden consists of herb beds: blue and silver, butterfly, culinary, two wheel chair accessible raised fragrance beds, literary, medicinal, potpourri, the tea house perennial garden and the entrance bed. Each garden is assigned several members to care for the beds. Two assigned garden angels per week also oversee the garden. There is a sprinkler system which runs early in the day, several days per week.





HERBS:
Is any plant whose parts (leaves, seed, roots or bark) are useful (for fragrance, flavor, medicine, cosmetics or dye). Herbs are plants that affect our senses.

TOUCHING HERBS:
Touch the herb leaf to release the essential oils, smell your hand.
Most herbs need at least 6 hours sunlight per day. Most do well in poor soil.

SOIL:
Soil is made up of sand, clay and organic material. The perfect combination (1/3 each) makes garden loam. Sand is needed for good drainage. Clay is needed to hold water. Organic material is needed to provide a healthy texture between the clay and the sand. Clay and sand with water make cement! Organic material especially cow manure would add nutrients to the soil for plant growth. Compost is also helpful. Herbs tend to do okay in poor soil. In too rich soil essential oils are not produced as well.

DESIGN:
Our garden is based on French intensive gardening or postage stamp gardening. In most areas raised beds allow for packing in plants with little negative space. Beds drain well especially in early spring. Weeding is done easily. Fertilizing and care can be easily done on a plant need basis. Watering may be done more efficiently.
The style is seen as colonial, but some also see it as modern with its angular boxes.