For years I have meant to visit Well-Sweep Herb Farm, a charming, 47-year-old, family-owned herb farm in Port Murray, New Jersey. Yesterday I finally made the two-hour trek from Wilmington, and it was well worth the long, scenic drive. What an amazing place!
Well-sweep carries nearly 2000 exotic herbs and spices from across the globe. They even have their own plant selections and introductions, which are carefully chosen by the owners. It is a plant-lover's paradise, and its many homey feel and pretty gardens made the visit even more welcoming and enjoyable. Their specialties are unmistakable. Just consider these numbers: 34 basil, 81 lavender, 47 rosemary, 99 thyme, and 76 scented geranium varieties. They even sell Arabian Frankincense at $80 a start. It's hard to be frugal when you want to buy everything in sight!
Some of my better purchases include a Chinotto tangerine tree (Citrus aurantium 'Chinotto'), variegated Gotu Kola (Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides 'Variegata'), Thai ginger (Alpinia galanga), and a fuzzy, silver-leaved Dittany of Crete (Origanum dictamnus).
Next May I plan to round up more plant geek friends and visit again!