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Cold winter days are a fine time to plan a tea garden

February 11, 2010 |  8:25 am


"I just picked this from my backyard" is a phrase usually supplied by someone handing over a clump of kale, or maybe a calla lily bouquet. But it could easily apply to a pot of herbal tea.

It's completely doable here in California, where mild weather allows any backyard garden to become its own Celestial Seasons. Camomile, thyme, rose hips, ginger, endless varieties of mint, lemon grass and lemon balm, and even allspice all can be grown relatively easily, and all make great herbal teas. Tempted?

Check out Los Angeles-based garden guru Lili Singer's story about growing tea in the garden.

Photo credit: Karen Tapia-Andersen / Los Angeles Times