Posted on: December 6, 2019

We're passionate about sharing our knowledge of herbs and herbalism. So, we brought in one of our experts to help answer some of the most common questions and concerns. Lina Watanabe, an Herb Pharm Herbalist, earned a B.S. in herbal sciences from Bastyr University and has been working with herbs for nearly a decade.

Yes, anyone can grow herbs at home! Starting an herb garden can be a rewarding project. It is a great way to familiarize yourself with the herbs that can thrive in your area. In your own garden, you also have better control over how your herbs are grown. You can choose to use organic methods, and you will be able to harvest and use them at their peak. You’ll connect with the plants on a personal level, whether you start them from seeds or begin with fully mature plants.

You can use existing flower beds to grow herbs or build new raised beds. If you live in an apartment or don’t have yard space, try growing a few herbs in containers or pots on your deck, balcony or a sunny windowsill.

Some cities offer local community gardens, too. You pay a small fee based on the plot size, and it is yours for the growing season. You get the benefits of being part of a community, and many offer gardening and composting classes to help you get started.

Now you’re ready to pick your favorite herbs and start growing them! As you plan your garden, you’ll need do some quick research on the following:

A swallowtail flutters around the Zinnia (Zinnia elegans) blooming in our Botanical Education Garden. The flowers are easy to grow at home and attract pollinators.


Finally, consider adding pollinator-friendly plants that are native to your area to help animals and insects like birds, bees, butterflies, moths, flies and bats. The Pollinator Partnership offers helpful downloadable guides for each bioregion in the United States and Canada. Happy planting!