We grow herbs in the garden, infuse them in teas, cocktails and cordials, cook with them and even bathe in them – but how often do we really stop to think about their powers?
A new one-day festival from the Garden Museum, Herbival puts herbs centre stage. We’ll be shining a light on where to find them, how to grow them and their countless, often long-forgotten uses. Visitors will be able to take part in tastings, talks, pressings, practical workshops and more, and there’ll be shopping too from a carefully curated edit of botanically-led brands.
Foraging Walks with Handmade Apothecary
Sunday 6th June, three walks available 12:00pm, 2:00pm and 4:00pm
£12, includes entry to Herbival
Herb Pressing Workshop with Sonya Patel Ellis
Sunday 6th June, 11:00am – 12:30pm
£35, includes entry to Herbival
Grow You Own Herbs With Hackney Herbal
Sunday 6 June, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
£35, includes entry to Herbival
Introduction to Aromatherapy
Sunday 6 June, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
£30, includes entry to Herbival
Tickets are available by online pre-booking only. Please select your time slot when booking. You may arrive at any time during your chosen half hour entry slot. Please note that tickets are limited in order to maintain social distancing.
As tickets are sold by the half hour, we are encouraging a steady flow of people, and would anticipate your visit to the fair to be around an hour and a half (not including workshops or visits to the Garden Café).
Please read our Visitors’ Charter and Q&As for the measures we’ve put in place to ensure your visit to the Museum is safe and enjoyable.
Herbival is curated by writer and editor Natasha Goodfellow, formerly deputy editor of Homes & Antiques magazine and manager of GROW London, the contemporary garden fair. Natasha also curates the successful Super Nature (nature-inspired art) and Beautiful & Useful (designer-maker craft) fairs at the Garden Museum.
A Botanical World
A Botanical World
Sonya Patel Ellis is a nature writer, editor and artist exploring connections between plants, people and the botanical world, including in-depth forays into the history of herbs, botany, gardening, birds and botanical art. She is the author of Collins Botanical Bible (William Collins, 2018), The Heritage Herbal (British Library Publications, 2020), The Garden Birdwatchers Bible (Harper Collins, 2020) and The Modern Gardener (William Collins, 2022) while her writings and botanical pressings have featured in various exhibitions and publications including The Earth Laughs in Flowers (2014), Florilegium at The Garden Museum (2015), Herb Garden at the Marksman (2016), Countryfile magazine and Gardens Illustrated.
Fifield Road Apothecary
Fifield Road Apothecary
Leslie Astor started Fifield Road Apothecary in 2018, as a natural extension of a decade long soap making practice and an ongoing study of folk herbalism. Her products are all made by hand in small batches, and many of her cold process soaps, balms and bath products are wildcrafted with locally foraged plants, flowers and herbs, ethically gathered from the countryside. Leslie uses plastic free packaging, and donates a portion of her sales to One Tree Planted, a not for profit organization committed to global reforestation. She works from her home studio on her family’s regenerative farm in the heart of the Cotswolds.
Myrtle + Soap
Myrtle + Soap
Myrtle + Soap is a small family business founded by two cousins , Eleni Kavaka and Anastasia Tsitali. Anastasia, with a background in natural sciences and a PhD astrophysics, lives in Germany, while Eleni, with a background in business administration, lives in the United Kingdom.
Our passion for natural cosmetics led us to our very first experimentations. Initially our little creations were just for ourselves. However, as our excitement about our products grew, we quickly seized the opportunity to deepen our knowledge in this field through the attendance of professional courses on the topic of natural cosmetics formulation as well as immerse ourselves in the world of botany as a means to harness the wonderful properties of herbs and natural essential oils for our products. After the very encouraging results of our first creations and the spontaneous encouragement of those who tried them, what initially seemed distant and difficult became a reality! We took the decision to quit our jobs and moved forward with founding Myrtle & Soap, which specialises in handmade, natural, vegan and environmentally friendly cosmetics.
NINI Organics was designed with one mission in mind, to create the ultimate superfood for your skin, made with 100% Natural and Organic ingredients. Founded by brother and sister duo Alex Nicolaou & Nicole Stanton. Together they have created a positively charged, Plant friendly wellbeing brand that is loved by thousands.
All of our ingredients have been ethically sourced and are of the highest grade. They contain mostly raw, active ingredients ensuring your skin is treated with the most nutrient dense vitamins and minerals. All of our products are original and tested on us and other #NINILOVERS, never on animals. All of our products are handmade with love on a small scale allowing us to have 100% control over quality. 100% Vegan, Gluten-free, Natural and Organic.Your body is your temple and deserves the best, what better way to treat yourself than with some NINI Organics Magic!
Pippettes Dispensary has grown organically from a desire to simplify our lives, reconnect with nature and embrace its incredible ability to heal, nurture and restore the body's balance.
With 30 years clinical experience as an Osteopath, TCM acupuncturist and medical herbalist Elaine Everitt launched Pippettes Dispensary from her north London clinic in 2016 making bespoke herbal cosmetics, products and medicines for her clients.
Her products and their simple ethos of connecting clients with the plant that could benefit their personal wellbeing became extremely popular and the range rapidly expanded demanding its own identity as a retail store.
This wasn’t a new concept for Elaine as in the early 90’s she had her first dispensary store in London N8, selling Neals Yard Remedies alongside her own cosmetic range. She sold the business when she emigrated with her husband and 2 children to NZ for the simple life.
They settled just north of Auckland in a run down farm that they lovingly nurtured into a biodynamic and organically managed farm following Demeter training, mentoring and inspections.
Whilst this fed Elaine’s desire to connect her work with nature, it was her return to the UK in 2015 and her dissertation research into historical herbal texts and remedies that led to the rebirth of these long lost remedies at Pippettes dispensaries.
We're the Peppermint People. We grow, harvest and distil our signature Black Mitcham peppermint on our farm in Hampshire - and have been doing so for over 25 years. Its refined, distinctive taste inspires our wonderfully refreshing range of chocolates, teas and treats. Black Mitcham is an extraordinary peppermint prized for its pure, bright character. It’s a taste that had been all but lost to England, until we brought some back from America over three decades ago and began cultivating it ourselves. We now grow around 100 acres of Black Mitcham, transforming it into our own single-estate peppermint oil, so that we can share its unique qualities with mint-lovers across the world.
Three Spirit Drinks
Three Spirit Drinks
We’re on a mission to show the world alcohol-free doesn’t mean pleasure-free.
After years spent in libraries, labs, bars and fields, we’ve created plant-based alternatives to alcohol that celebrate what you put into a drink, rather than what you take out. Created by a mix of plant scientists, world-class bartenders, hedonists, herbalists and artists, it’s probably why they feel, taste and do everything a little differently.
I am Susie, an indigenous whole foods chef with a passion for skincare and founder of Thunderbird Skin.
My son, George, has suffered from debilitating eczema since he was born.
Despite faithfully using every cream, soap, and steroid prescribed, despite purchasing every wonder cream and oil on the market, we never saw an improvement in his skin. Instead, it continued to deteriorate.
I slowly combined a list of ingredients that I felt had the power to soothe, calm, moisturise, and stimulate renewal. I fed George a steady stream of creams to try and will always remember the morning he ran down the stairs to show us his arms.
Clear, elastic, eczema free skin. After 6 weeks, even his dishydrotic eczema that had left his hands a swollen, weeping, painful mess was gone. I knew we had our cream!
Thunderbird Skin was born.
TINCTURE was started out of a pure passion.
As a mother of four children I searched everywhere for high performance, not toxic cleaning products that were totally safe to use around the entire family including our pets and that did not exacerbate my children's conditions such as asthma and eczema.
I was after products that were safe, effective and yet I did not want the entire house to smell of vinegar!
Before I set out developing TINCTURE I tested every product on the market. I checked their performance levels and their ingredients lists and what I found was shocking. The majority of cleaning products contain ingredients not only harmful to the environment but also to our health and wellbeing.
At TINCTURE care has gone into every single ingredient. Only used if 100% natural, sustainable and non-toxic.
Whitfords is an independent, botanical skincare brand driven by efficacy and sustainability. They manufacture in-house in small batches and their products are truly, 100% plastic and petroleum free.
They formulate with sensitive skin in mind and all their ingredients are very carefully scrutinised and chosen taking into consideration their provenance, research-backed efficacy and impact upon our planet. They prioritise those that are either waste by-products of other clean companies, are obtained via fermentation processes or are lab-grown like micro-algae.
Their products are also vegan-friendly and certified cruelty-free so you don’t have to compromise on your values when it comes to your skin. As a way to give back and help reduce CO2 levels, they have partnered with One Tree Planted and they plant one tree for every product they sell.
Wilder Botanics believes wellness is when mind, body and spirit are functioning harmoniously this is the inspiration in all our blends of organic, wild crafted herbal ingredients, formulated for whole wellbeing in every one of our products.
The restorative benefits of nature, and the healing properties of herbs are harnessed in our formulas of teas, tinctures, oils and soaks. Each herb contains a vast range of constituents each with its own unique spectrum of actions that not only work with specific organs but with the whole body system energetically and physically.
Our Wilder products are carefully formulated by us the founders, Naturopath and Master Herbalist Rachel Landon and husband Charlie Landon.