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 Your 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.
Our award winning natural skincare and candles are all you need for the spa experience at home. Reap the therapeutic benefits of our restorative scent combinations, that use essential oils and botanicals to rejuvenate your mind, refresh your body and set your intentions. When we say natural we really mean it - we promise there are no unpleasant things like parabens, sulphates and chemicals hiding in our products. Our ethically sourced and vegan products are handmade in our Oxfordshire workshop. We look forward to meeting you and showing you our products at Herbival. For a sneak peak, please visit www.bamptonhouse.co.uk or find us on social media @bamptonhouse. Emily and Hollie xx
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.
Starting Herboo, I wanted to make growing plants and having your own garden an easy task. Living in London, renting and moving round, I’ve had little say on the interior decoration of a place. But always found myself gravitating to making the window boxes grow or the garden a great place to be in.
Getting into gardening is relatively simple, getting it right can be a bit more of an ongoing challenge. If you go onto Pinterest and type in garden you’ll find a zillion boards of “my future garden” (Seriously, go on and see!). They’re all great, filled with beautiful plants, borders, outdoor space, lawns. But living in a city, you have different conditions, space, light, using containers and a busy mind which can be a bit overwhelming when trying to keep your new plants alive.
There is plenty out there for great plants, but when it comes to seeds, I'd often find myself having a real deep dive, trying to first find some great things to grow and then getting lost in the conflicting ways to sow, grow and enjoy the plants.
Herboo is all about making a garden, anywhere. Whatever your age, your space, whether you are growing indoors, a window box, terrace or garden beds. We select our plant varieties thinking about growing in the city and provide all the information and support you need to grow with ease.
I was lucky to be introduced to gardening by my Granny Shirley at a young age, who would always show me around hers and give me something to grow. Not all kids get this in schools or in the cities. We make kids garden + nature craft boxes for kids to get the growing, learning about nature and enjoying being outdoors.
Now we have you here, feel free to take a look around, get your hands on our products and let us know what you think.
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!
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.
Thunderbird Skin started with a quest to create a balm to heal eczema.
It has grown to a line of indulgently effective and sustainable artisanal skincare for all skin types.
We use the power of clinically proven botanicals to nourish and transform skin to its brightest, smoothest, and healthiest best. We scour the globe for sustainable plant extracts for formulations brimming with potent quantities of active, clean ingredients that you can trust.
Handcrafted in small batches in our studio in Tetbury, Gloucestershire.
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.
Zen Maitri is a Natural Health Apothecary in Chiswick, West London. We approach health from a holistic perspective by combining meditation and nutrition with the power of herbs. Our team of experts develop teas, natural supplement powders, tinctures and spa products that anyone can include in their daily routine to take control of their health and wellbeing.