Virginia Frazier has a longtime interest in herbs.
At her plant nursery in Stallings, she grows peppers from Peru, Turkey and the Czech Republic. She has 30 varieties of thyme, 20 kinds of rosemary and 15 different oregano plants.
"I keep collecting," she says. "It's very intriguing.
"It would be hard to come up with anything I don't have."
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Frazier, 78, operates Adventures in Herbs, a business she started decades ago. She put the business on hold when her husband became ill. He died four years ago.
Now Frazier says growing and tending plants is therapeutic, and her business is back in full swing.
Many customers find her extensive knowledge of plant growing just as valuable.
"I could talk about herbs all day," Frazier said. She recently spent two hours with a couple teaching them gardening basics, and they called later to tell her that "everything's gorgeous."
Frazier has loyal customers who have bought herbs from her for years, and recently she's seen an upswing in people interested in cooking herbs because, she said, more people are cooking at home now.
Herbs grow extremely well here, and people can easily grow everything from basil to oregano to lavender.
"There is nothing like fresh herbs, and they're cheap," Frazier said. "Fresh is always better."
She also provides herbs for McGill Rose Garden, Mint Hill Country Doctor's Museum gardens and the Hezekiah House.
Frazier sells herbs and plants from her nursery, and her plants are available at Frazier Dills, a family-owned nursery and convenience/hardware store at 14328 Lawyers Road in Mint Hill.
Adventures in Herbs, which is at 15908 Deepwood Place, is open by appointment every day except Sunday. Contact Frazier at 704-882-2669.
All in pink
UPS stores across the Charlotte area are decked out with metallic pink curtains, big pink ribbons and other pink décor through May 18 in honor of Mother's Day and in support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a nationwide organization that supports breast cancer research.
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