The Encyclopedia of Herbs
A Comprehensive Reference to Herbs of Flavor and Fragrance
Publication Date: October 2009
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of growing, identifying, harvesting, preserving, and using more
than 500 species of herbs. Thorough profiles provide a plant's
botanical name and family, whether it is an annual or perennial,
its height, hardiness, light requirements, water consumption,
required soil type, and pH. The often fascinating history of the
plant, the chemistry of its essential oils, and its culinary, landscape, and craft uses are also included, as
is advice on how to propagate.
For the first edition of their work, both authors received The Gertrude B. Foster Award for Excellence
in Herbal Literature from the Herb Society of America. This new edition adds important species
and includes updated nomenclature.
Thomas DeBaggio (1942-2011) was an American author, herb grower, and advocate for research into Alzheimer's disease. DeBaggio was once called the best Rosemaryologist in America and his company, DeBaggio Herbs, was one of the most respected herb farms and nurseries in the Washington, DC, area. His book Growing Herbs from Seed, Cutting, and Root" was the 1995 recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Award for best garden book of 1995 for excellence in editorial content and design.