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An Herb Garden for Tea Time

Tina Marie Wilcox and Susan Belsinger

Tina Marie Wilcox has been the head gardener and herbalist at the Ozark Folk Center's Heritage Herb Garden in Mountain View, Arkansas, since 1984. She tends the extensive gardens, plans and coordinates annual herbal events and workshops, and facilitates the production and sale of plants, seeds, and herbal products for the park. She also gives lectures and workshops throughout the United States in herb growing, living history, and herb use.

Susan Belsinger is a food writer and photographer. Her work has appeared in publications including Gourmet, Food & Wine, Kitchen Garden, and Organic Gardening magazine. She is the coauthor of New Southwestern Cooking, (MacMillan, 1985), The Chile Pepper Book (Interweave Press, 1994), and Classic Southwest Cooking (Jessica's Biscuit, 1996). She gives lectures and demonstrations on chiles throughout the United States and Canada.


  • Sabrina Cedeno October 17, 2013

    I’ve been researching tea gardens, and this is truly beautiful. I love the tea selection and design. Is this something the garden implemented, or will it be an upcoming exhibition? I’m currently a student at SUNY Purchase College and would love to learn more and maybe meet with the designers of this or the team that came up with the idea. Thanks!

  • Sarah September 27, 2013

    Wow! Thanks for this. Truly inspirational as well as very informative, with lots of super tips of the trade. I have recently started cultivating a tea garden, and these tips will be put to good use.

  • Pamela Owen July 14, 2013

    I became an herbalist about 6 years ago when I had to quit working. Since that time I have collected and planted all the plants you have mentioned and more. I must have 100 medicinal plants and herbs in my back yard. I love the science of herbs. I truly believe God gave us a cure for any ailment or disease. I would love to visit someday. New York has always been on my bucket list as I live in Oregon by Eugene. Brooklyn Botanic Garden would be the best to visit.

  • Sheila Miller April 22, 2013

    Excellent info! Thank you for posting! I’ve been reading about tea gardens, but this one has the teapot plan, which I can only say makes this site “tops” in my book! Hope to get out and reproduce this over the coming days! I’d already planted several mints in my garden but now will be moving their pots to this new and perfect home!

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