summer: discover

The spring flush in the garden got us busy with the promise of a new season harvest. If the spring preparation of the garden beds has gone to plan then summer harvest is a joy and moves the focus from the garden to the filling the drying room trays and benches. Lavender, lemon verbena, oats, peppermint, spearmint, calendula flowers and yarrow gathered in sumptuous bunches.

The smell becomes intense with the mixture of aromatics and the spicy chrysanthemum smell of yarrow leaf and flower. The drying room shelves stacked with drying plants is a satisfying visual treat.

Examine the soil for humus and nutrient content. Top dress garden beds with an inch or two of compost and prepare for dry summer periods with a thick layer of pea straw to help retain moisture.


our tisanes

summer tisane

An aromatic, cooling, decongestant tisane. A refreshing summer blend to enjoy hot or cold.

sleep well tisane

Drink this tisane for the benefits of all these wonderful quietening, calming and sedative plants that help empty the head and prepare you for sleep.

lung health tisane

Drink this tisane to strengthen and warm with mullein, hyssop and thyme. Marshmallow provides valuable mucilage for the lungs, especially for dry coughs.

pick me up tisane

Drink this refreshing tisane as a caffeine substitute for those low energy moments. With Kawakawa, a versatile plant pharmacy in itself.

herb of the season

oat straw

The dried stems, seeds and flowers of the oat plant makes a nourishing tisane and tonic for the nervous system. Rich in phytonutrients to improve the digestion, relieve stress, relax the mind and body.
Use oats in a single preparation by making a decoction – add 25gms of oats to 600ml of cold water, bring to the boil, turn off the heat and let steep for 5 minutes. A mild sweet taste of honey and freshly mown hay.
Oats is the primary ingredient in Phytofarm sleep well blend – oat straw and tips, lemon verbena, lemon balm, hops and a sprinkle of lavender flowers.



Enjoy our luscious herbal body butters and creams, delightful tasting teas, infused medicinal oils, tonics and healing salves.


Seasonal workshops and tours designed to explore the changes in the garden and use of plants to make fabulous products.


This programme offers a thorough instruction in the growing, harvesting, processing & manufacture of herbal products.


Retreats to empower you with a feeling of wellness & inspire you to feel good about yourself. Think beach, spa resort & daily yoga.

events and dates

Learn to make and manage your own medicine garden with our Apprenticeship in Herbal Medicine.
”Loved the hands-on learning in a small group.“  KIMBERLEY EDDY

2021 Summer Well Being Workshop DISCOVER

In summer the workshop will focus on topical applications using colourful infused oils to make healing skin preparations.
• Sunday 17 January FULLY BOOKED
• Saturday 30 January
• Saturday 6 February FULLY BOOKED
• Thursday 11 February
• Saturday 20 February

2021 Autumn Well Being Workshop LEARN
In autumn, the workshop will focus on the value of roots and how berries provide valuable medicine.

• Saturday 6 March
• Sunday 14 March
• Sunday 9 May
• Saturday 22 May

Other times for workshops and garden tours can be negotiated. Please contact Valmai or Andrea to discuss.

Kimi ora retreats

New dates for our retreats at Kimi Ora for 2021:
Autumn Retreat: Sunday 21 March – Thursday 25 March
Spring Retreat: Friday 3 September – Tuesday 7 September

our favourite

the phytofarm kitchen garden book

This compendium provides you with the principles for exploring plants as food and medicine. Our book is a valuable collection of recipes and ideas. Starting with the Spring & Summer Edition, it will be extended with new sets of pages in the future, keeping you updated with the latest additions from the Phytofarm kitchen.

$ 59.00

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