by Nicki Wood
The Herb Society of Nashville's annual herb sale this Saturday lets you pursue this in extravagant fashion — you can hardly imagine an herb they don't offer, including those of dubious culinary purpose (lookin' at you, yarrow and rue).
The popular herbs have especially deep benches: There will be 14 varieties of thyme, 13 basils and 11 sages, says the society. See a complete list of the plants for sale here.
The sale begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m. If you're looking for something specific or unusual, arriving early is a good idea. There are lots of plants, but things do sell out. The line begins forming at 8 or earlier.
This year, there's a $5 parking fee to raise money for Save the Fairgrounds, so carpool if you're cheap. Take a box or crate if you can to carry your treasure. Leave your pet at home, and no carts please.
A few non-herbs will also be available, including tiarella, impatiens, salvia and roses. The Compost Man will be there — strike a deal with him for a couple hundred pounds of black gold and expect your best garden yet.