Herbal Icon: Madalene Hill

madalene-hillOn March 4, 2009, the herb world — and certainly the world of horticulture — lost a true treasure, with the passing of Madalene Hill.

In the mid 1990’s I first became acquainted with Madalene’s extensive herbal and gardening knowledege when I read the highly-acclaimed book, Madalene and her daughter, Gwen Barclay wrote, Southern Herb Growing.  A year or two later, I had the privilege of meeting and lunching with them at the International Herb Association convention held in Lexington, Kentucky.

The Knot Garden at the National Herb Garden, which we had the privilege of visiting  in Washington, D.C. is dedicated to Madalene.

A member of the Herb Society of America since 1958, Madalene organized the South Texas Unit of the HSA in 1968, serving in several capacities throughout her tenure with that organization. When the Pioneer Unit was formed, she became a charter member. Ms. Hill served as chairman of the HSA in 1986-88, and was instrumental in relocating that organization’s headquarters to its present location in Ohio.

A recipient of many awards and recognitions, Madalene continued to be a driving force in the herb world, initiating many innovations and enhancements that benefitted the Herb Society of America. Under her direction, the Rosemary Circle was established, honoring HSA members with 25 years of active service.

In addition to her contributions to HSA, she is noted for discovering new varieties of rosemary.


Do You have yours? Herb Society of America’s Essential Guide to Growing and Cooking with Herbs

HSA Bk I recently caught wind that The Herb Society of America’s herbaliciously-tremendous book Essential Guide to Growing and Cooking with Herbs is going into a third printing. This is great news, because proceeds from this book do go toward the National Herb Garden located at the United States National Arboretum in Washington, DC.

If you do not have a copy of this book or are looking for a great gift idea, I highly recommend it! I wrote about it when it was first published in the fall of 2007. You can see my review here, by clicking on this link:


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I am honored to be included as a contributor to this book.

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The Herb Society of America’s Essential Guide to Growing and Cooking with Herbs

HSA Bk The Essential Guide to Growing and Cooking With Herbs

            More than a cookbook and more than a gardening manual – a delightful combination!

Are you searching for a great gift idea for a gardener, an accomplished cook or someone who is a combination of the two? How about a gift for an herbal enthusiast? Are you looking for an informative herby read?

The Herb Society of America’s The Essential Guide to Growing and Cooking with Herbs provides detailed information for cultivating a variety of popular herbs, along with simple herbal recipes that will satisfy even fussiest gourmet. 

The book is divided into 3 sections: 

The first part provides horticultural information for 63 herbs found in the National Herb Garden’s Culinary Garden. Descriptive information includes the common and botanical names, family, origin, and growing requirements. 

In the second section of the guide, Herb Society of America members offer over 200 classic and creative recipes incorporating a variety of herbs. 

The final portion of the book features a personal tour of the 2.5 acre National Herb Garden, located at the center of the United States National Arboretum, in the heart of Washington, D.C. The descriptive narrative spotlights the themed gardens which illustrate the various uses of herbs and includes complete plants lists for each area. 

The sale of this book is to benefit the National Herb Garden, so you see your purchase is truly a gift that keeps on giving. 

As a Lifetime Member of the Herb Society of America, I am pleased to be a part of this benefit for the National Herb Garden, with one of my recipes selected and included in this book. 

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