Grow Your Own Tea


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Christine Parks, together with her husband, David, developed Camellia Forest Tea Gardens in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Parks family has worked for decades collecting, propagating, and testing camellia cultivars for hardiness—today Christine and David are partners in Tea Flower Research, which has formalized the family’s work. She was chair of the Tea Committee of the American Camellia Society, and a founding member of the US League of Tea Growers and representative for southeastern growers.Susan Morrison Walcott is an emerita professor of geography at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has sipped soup-like buttery tea in Tibet and visited Hangzhou’s tea gardens and tea museum during a research trip to China’s high technology parks—a geographers’ curiosity leads down more roads than cat has lives. She is a founding member of the US League of Tea Growers and has published several articles on tea grown in the United States in academic journals.


"Plant a tea plant and watch it grow! Grow Your Own Tea is truly a masterpiece how-to guide to cultivating and enjoying the sacred leaf. Christine and Susan have planted a landmark in our horticultural history and a milestone on America's path to becoming a tea-consuming society. It will delight even the armchair gardener and casual tea lover." --James Norwood Pratt, author of James Norwood Pratt's Tea Dictionary "The guide of guides to the cultivation of tea." --Booklist "A comprehensive guide for anyone wanting to learn about growing and gardening with Camellia Sinensis." --The US League of Tea Growers "From seed to sip, this is a perfect book for tea lovers and gardeners." --Triangle Gardener "In this helpful new title, you can learn how to grow, cultivate and harvest white, green, oolong, and (the nation's favourite) black tea in your own garden." --Gardens Illustrated "If you're thinking of growing tea at home, this guide is a great resource." --Tea Happiness

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