Monday, May 24, 2010

Strong Women - Adelma Grenier Simmons

I couldn't find a good picture to share of my Strong Woman this week.
Here are Lemon Verbena above and Lavender below to represent a herbalist, Adelma Grenier Simmons.

Adelma Grenier Simmons (December 16, 1903 – December 3, 1997) was one of the leading herbal figures in America in the 20th century. A legend for her knowledge of herbal lore and history, she was also a prolific author and sparked an interest in herb gardening across the country. She owned and operated Caprilands Herb Farm in Coventry, Connecticut for over 55 years.  from Wikipedia

Caprilands Herb Farm was developed as a teaching center and business.
Mrs. Simmons was called "the first lady" of herbs by the International Herb Association.

from the NY Times:
An imposing figure given to wearing a cape, Mrs. Simmons lectured authoritatively but with a touch of humor. ''Silver rosemary is good for mind and memory, in case you have need of that,'' she once told a visiting group. ''It's also good in tea. If you don't like that, you can wash your hair with it. If that doesn't work, you can wash your dog's hair with it.''

Some of her books can still be found on

I was introduced to Adelma Simmons in the 1970's when I became fascinated with herbs.
Caprilands Herb Farm had a great catalogue of beautiful herbs, seeds, and herbal gifts.
I understand that Adelma Simmons was quite a character and I would have loved meeting her.
There were three women in the northeastern part of the US during that time that I was fascinated by.
They were creative and had a passion for their special interests.
The other two women I will share in the next few weeks.

Starbucks was the Bold brew door.
Sorry Nancy!
The winner of the gift certificate is: