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Time: February 28, 2015 from 10am to 1pm
Location: Shipard's Herb Nursery
Street: 139 Windsor Rd.,
City/Town: Burnside, Nambour.
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Phone: Herb nursery 54411101; Lissa 0414 445 581
Event Type: free nursery visit
Organized By: Lissa
Latest Activity: Mar 1, 2015

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Isabel has recently passed away.


Isabell Shipard's passion was herbs, and she loved to inspire and share the joys and wonders of natural herbs and their uses.

For over 30 years, Isabell and her husband Derrick, have lived on their picturesque farm at Nambour, Queensland, Australia, and grown, used and distributed herbs on the Sunshine Coast and by mail order.

Their large collection of culinary herbs, other herbs, spices, Fruit Trees, Rare Edibles and seed varieties have been sought after by gardeners throughout Australia and internationally. They have supplied herbs for cooking demonstration by 'The Naked Chef' Jamie Oliver, and displays for international expos.

For over 10 years, Isabell was a guest on ABC radio Coast FM for the popular segment, Herb of the Week, sharing practical uses of herbs. Isabell has assisted universities and botanical gardens in sourcing plants for display and their use in research.

Shipard's Herb Farm Nursery is open to the public and has for sale a large range of herbs, spices, fruit trees, rare edibles, non-hybrid seeds, books and Dvd's and a range of other products available.

139 Windsor Rd., Nambour.
(on right, past Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE)

(If coming from Brisbane, turn left 1st traffic lights (Kentucky Fried Chicken) into Arundel Ave; go under railway bridge, over bridge, veer to left at roundabout, turn right at 2nd roundabout into Windsor Rd, go about 1 mile down Windsor Rd, to 5th drive-way on right past S.C. Tafe College; and watch for Shipards Herb Farm sign, at bottom of cement drive way. )

Open hours -
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - from 10:00am till 2:00pm.

LUNCH for those who don't wish to rush off:

Husk & Honey,16/18 Queen street, Nambour. 5441 3510

Entirely Gluten-free and Grain-free cafe, offering all day breakfast menu, lunch menu, Cakes and other treats all baked on site daily. Tim Adams coffee.

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 1, 2015 at 21:07

Theoretically the Cat's Whiskers should be quite easy to strike. They are a mint and not all mints (eg Rosemary) are easy to strike, but the more succulent ones like the Orthosiphon should work well. I'd love some plants anyway regardless of the outcome of my seed-sowing.

3kt5jvcbrk6fm Comment by 3kt5jvcbrk6fm on March 1, 2015 at 18:41

Elaine, I'll see if I can get some to grow from cuttings (from my white ones). If I'm successful, I'll pass a couple along to you, if you'd like.

I need to get better at growing from cuttings. That's how I plan to get more of the lavender ones!

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 1, 2015 at 18:04

Thanks for reminding me about Cats Whiskers, one of my favourite plants. I've ordered some seed from Beautanicals along with some other herb seeds (who can order just 1 packet of seed?).

3kt5jvcbrk6fm Comment by 3kt5jvcbrk6fm on March 1, 2015 at 14:08

I know how you must feel, Dianne. I had to start over from scratch after I was unable to get out into the yard for nearly 2 years. A few things survived, but most didn't.

I'm doing things differently this time, just in case!

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 1, 2015 at 14:00

Jan I know where you are coming from always on the lookout for something different. You would all cry if you saw what I lost after being in and out of hospital for over a year and then not allowed in the garden for 6 months when I did get home. All concerned did their best to just keep the water up to what they could. But now the fun is beginning again finding those special little things and planting lots of seeds. The Passionfruit Daisy cutting that I got from Veronicas GV looks like it may have taken.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 1, 2015 at 12:05

Fascinating stuff this research into the ancestors of modern crops. We eat so few of the available edible plants, even just with vegetables where 50-100 years ago we grew hundreds of varieties of this and that, now commercially we grow dozens only.

Teosinte sounds like another interesting plant and good for someone with extra space to devote to research.

3kt5jvcbrk6fm Comment by 3kt5jvcbrk6fm on March 1, 2015 at 10:31

As far as the Teosinte (perennial corn), I only found it after I started going through the plant list at Shipard's, then started reading about it online.

There's some really interesting info. (interesting to me) out there on it. I even found some massive white papers on the genetics side of things online.

Reading about it was enough to get me interested in it for a number of reasons:

1) Although they haven't had any success with it, as yet, there are apparently efforts under way to create a perennial sweet corn by crossing modern corn back with the teosinte, which is the apparent ancestor of today's sweet corn.

2) It may also offer a bit of "insurance" against all the GMO corn out there, giving us a way to "start over" if need be?

3) I'm hoping it will be a good, near constant source of healthy snacks for my cockatoo and

4) provide me with another source of mulch.

Last, but certainly not least,

5) to satisfy my curiosity.

3kt5jvcbrk6fm Comment by 3kt5jvcbrk6fm on March 1, 2015 at 9:57

Cat's Whiskers, Java Tea (Orthosiphon aristatus)

"indigenous to south east Asia and Australia’s tropical North Queensland"

They make a spectacular display when in full bloom. Apparently all manner of bees, bugs and birds love them, too. I've never used them as herbal medicine or tea, but I understand that you can.

I mostly just enjoy the way they look and continue to grow in a difficult area of the yard. Anything else they offer is bonus.

Comment by Lissa on March 1, 2015 at 9:56

In the end there was only Jan, myself and Clayton left so we didn't bother with the lunch at Nambour. Instead we visited the markets at the Big Pineapple and had lunch there - a very nice vegetable and bacon bake with GF cake and cream for dessert all for the princely sum total of $7. I picked up some top notch pineapple, avocados and watermelon and some tasteless figs (always sad when you're mouth is hanging out for something scrumptious) at the market.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 1, 2015 at 9:33

I'd love to know more about perennial Corn, sounds fascinating.

Is the Cats Whiskers you mention the native plant, member of the mint family? Wish I could remember its botanical name - ah, Orthosiphon aristata? It comes in a variety of shades, all beautiful in their own way. Supposed to be a native medicinal plant, forget what's it's good for apart from enjoying its company.

Sounds like Shipard's haven't changed much. If you want plants probably no one else has got and you think it's worth the price, that's about the only justification.

Now, how was that lunch? Sounded really interesting.

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