This has been an incredible year at Jekka’s and as the year draws to a close we are able to sit back and reflect on everything that we have accomplished.
The year, 2019, started with the launch of our new brand image, logo and new website. It was a monumental moment for our business as we changed from Jekka's Herb Farm to Jekka's.
In March, we saw the launch of Jekka’s 7th book, ‘A Pocketful of Herbs', a comprehensive A to Z of herbs, including the 400 varieties that we grow at the farm. This pocket book is a practical gardening book with everything you need to know for growing herbs from the hardiness to the aspect.
Jekka travelled all around the UK designing and planting beautiful herb gardens for chefs, hotels, hospices and private residences. She was honoured to be commissioned to design and plant the herb border for Nathan Outlaw's new restaurant, Siren, at the Goring Hotel in London.
This year also saw the introduction of new art and food master classes at the farm. We had botanical screenprinting, herb based cooking and edible flowers.
We launched our delicious range of herbal infusions and the new illustrated home and kitchen ware at the RHS Chelsea flower show.
Our new products were exclusively designed for us by Hannah and made in the UK, with eco-craft packaging. Having grown our herb plants organically for 32 years we wanted to ensure that all of our new products reflected our growing philosophy.
We grew herbs for 6 RHS Chelsea flower show gardens, 2 RHS Chatsworth flower show gardens and 3 RHS Hampton Court flower show gardens, and we have already started propagating herbs for next year’s show season. It's not too late to contact us to grow for 2020.
We really enjoy seeing how designers use our herbs to create beautiful, intricate, and tranquil gardens.
Jekka's Herbetum is evolving season upon season with new additions being added throughout the year. We are so proud of how this collection has inspired so many visitors to start creating their own garden.
Our open days were full of visitors from all around the world from China, Australia and Japan to Scotland and Kent. We loved welcoming both familiar and new faces, introducing them to new species of herbs and sharing our knowledge.
Our aim is to inspire and educate cooks and gardeners of all ages, and we were delighted to partner with Candide this year to make a series of 'How to grow' videos.
Our year did not slow down after the last open day and master class, during this festive season we took part in the Bath Christmas market. Our seed collections proved to be an extremely popular gift and we are delighted that so many people will be giving seeds this year for Christmas, what a wonderful gift to give, the gift of growing your own and for them to enjoy all year round.
Wishing you all a very happy new year and we look forward to seeing you in 2020.