March 23, 2017

Spring in the northern woodlands is a very sudden thing. One day the snow is flurrying through the air and the next day leaves and flowers are bursting out of every inch of the forest. While the rest of the country has been harvesting dandelions and morels for weeks, we impatiently sit on the shores of our Great Lakes and wait for that first warm whisper of the changing seasons.

One of the first to awaken after winter is the ti...

The following is an article written in 1972 by my mother Bertha Reppert (1919-1999). Founder of The Rosemary House, herb educator and prolific writer, she loved to share her knowledge and enthusiasm of these wonderful plants!

I’ve mentioned comfrey (Symphytum officinale) time and time again so I think it’s time for a few words about this favorite, second only to Rosemary in my heart. No garden, herb or otherwise, should be...

May 21, 2016

I grew up loving bees. I was severely bullied as a child and I found refuge listening to the humming of the hives. It not only calmed the anxiety within me, it made me realize we are a part of a much larger world. I can remember going to an apple orchard when I was seven years old. I was fascinated. They had goats, chickens, a small farmer’s market and bee hives. While most of my peers were terrified o...

May 7, 2016

Now is the time of year when our yards are coming back to life and are filled with an abundance of delicious and useful herbs that many people see as pesky “weeds.” Here are a few to look for and experiment with. Of course, please consult a medical professional before taking any herb, especially if you take other medications or have health issues. 

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

Dandelions are considered an unwanted weed in Cana...

May 3, 2016

When I was a child, if you told me that food was from the ground, or it looked like it was, I wouldn't touch it. I spent many of my childhood years in the cities of New York, completely disconnected from nature. I did love the rare sightings of squirrels and abundance of pigeons, the occasional trips to Central Park and I was overjoyed by recycling aluminium cans for a few cents in the recycling machines near my home. It was o...

April 4, 2016

I can so clearly remember picking bouquets of Dandelions to present to my ever appreciative mother and now I have my own little girl gleefully bringing me countless bright bunches that are closing and dropping even as they are being offered. Is there a little girl anywhere who can resist a field of the golden flowers? Is there a mother who can resist the little girls who come bearing the flowers?

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