The Tangled Garden
Welcome to my tea table today. The brew is steeping and the teacups are waiting for you. I’ve added a few special treats to our table this afternoon, some very special jams and jellies that I think you are going to like…
Grand Pres in the heart of Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia holds an intriguing garden grown primarily for its herbs that are transformed into flavoured jams and jellies, oils and vinegars, chutneys and salsas, mustards, liqueurs and honey. Only the freshest fruit from nearby farms and orchards and wine from local wineries are used to make Tangled Garden’s tasty gourmet treats.
Their luscious jellies, for example, are made in small batches by hand – just six jars at a time. You can taste the quality in each product. You can sense the care that goes into each glorious, glistening jar of pride.
I love the way sprigs of their homegrown herbs look when suspended inside the clear, vibrant-coloured jellies and oils. And, did I mention the beautifully shaped jars and bottles that hold these delights?! When sat on a windowsill catching sunbeams, the elixir-filled bottles resemble radiant jewels sparkling in the sunlight…
Perfect for gift giving, the potions come in tidy and sophisticated handcrafted wooden crates. Oil and vinegar duos are beautifully presented in unique bottles on a cruet tray. There are boxes with handles, tiny chests with brass hinges made especially for single jars, and then there are the jelly trees! You can choose the flavours you’d like included in your gift crate.
The liquers are so special made from fruits and herbs steeped to produce wonderful-tasting concoctions that can be drizzled over ice cream, sponge cake, fresh fruit… Or, serve chilled to just sip slowly, or mixed with sparkling water, white wine or champagne…The possibilities are endless.
With delicious-sounding names like Peach and Rhubard Angelica, Radiant Raspberry, Cherry Anise Hyssop, Verbena Blue, Orange Chive, Tarragon Wine, Currant Thyme, Apple Sage, Lemon Rosemary….I simply could not resist purchasing an assortment to bring home with me.
Whenever we travel to Nova Scotia, we visit Tangled Garden. For many years, the owners were regulars at our major Christmas craft fairs here in Newfoundland. You can see them at the Halifax Forum for Christmas at the Forum on November 4th, 5th and 6th.
If you’d like to know more about these delicious and stylish products, check out their website at Tangled Garden.
There is always much to see at the Tangled Garden that is new and exciting. When we there in August, it was the first time in many years since we had visited, and we could see a tremendous change and growth in the garden. There are so many more sculptures and specialty gardens, even herb ice cream, and a lily pond with turtles!
I snapped these photos during our time spent there. I hope you enjoy them. Maybe you’ll be inspired to grow your own tangled garden…
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon!
When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste. ~Laiko Bahrs
A Tangled Garden Tour…