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The Herb Shop Owners Who Inspired Me to Start My Blog

In the summer of 2008, I started reading Rosemary’s Sampler, a blog by two of my favorite sisters from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and was inspired to start writing Lemon Verbena Lady’s Herb Garden.

Mrs Rupperts Twelve Month HerbalNancy Reppert (on the left) owns a tea room called Sweet Remembrances Tea Room, and Susanna Reppert-Brill (on the right) owns The Rosemary House and Garden, Inc. Thinking back on how we met, in the summer of 1992, I got to hear a wonderful herbal lady by the name of Bertha Reppert from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania speak at the Rodale Institute about herbs, and it changed my life forever. I knew I wanted to continue learning from this very sharing herbal lady. You see, Bertha Reppert is the mother of Nancy and Susanna. Mrs. Reppert founded The Rosemary House in 1968 and has written a number of books, including my favorite, Mrs. Reppert’s Twelve Month Herbal. I have read it multiple times over the years and always feel like I am in the garden with Mrs. Reppert. 

So I have taken many of The Rosemary House’s fabulous bus trips and each year, my herbal companion, Bonnie and I try to get to Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to have tea with Nancy and take an herbal workshop with Susanna or at least shop at The Rosemary House as often as we can.

We got our chance just this past week to have tea at Sweet Remembrances all decked out for the holidays and to shop at The Rosemary House.

Nancy Reppert opened Sweet Remembrances in 1990, a delectable tea room in Pennsylvania. Have I mentioned that Nancy likes to play with food, and her scones are the most delicate and delicious scones I have ever had? Well, you will just have to visit her website for a Sweet Remembrances' events list. If you are in the Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania area, she still may have places for you at her special tea sessions during the holiday season. She serves tea on Wednesdays and the first Saturday of each month for the public by reservation. Sweet Remembrances is mainly a private event and party tea room. Nancy also teams up with her sister to package box lunches for The Rosemary House bus trips and even puts together additional events for the Rosemary House’s herbal calendar, including a garlic dinner that is always sold out. She has several cook booklets, including her Sweet Remembrances Recipe Collection from which I enjoy making her favorite recipes. Nancy’s books are available through her website or through The Rosemary House. We always enjoy our late morning or afternoon teas with Nancy at Sweet Remembrances. 

Susanna Reppert-Brill has been the manager and is now the co-owner of The Rosemary House & Gardens, Inc. Her husband David has been trained at the Herbal Therapeutics School of Botanical Medicine. In addition, he completed studies at the Wellspring Center for Natural Healing. He is primary consulting herbalist at The Rosemary House and is available for consultations.

When you walk into The Rosemary House your senses are immersed in all of the wonderful herbal smells.  Susanna offers essential oils, homemade herbal extracts, used herbal and gardening books, Bertha Reppert’s books and booklets, teas, tea accessories, fairie garden accessories, herbal gift items, dried flower and bulk herbs, and live plants and seeds in season. She also offers herbal mixes, such as "The Mayor’s Magic Mustard Mix" and "Roastmary," which includes a recipe sheet, and Mail-A-Herb® cards, which also includes recipes for use. Susanna has even gotten a jump on the 2013 Herb of the Year, elderberry, by selling a DIY Elderberry Syrup bottle just in time for flu season. The store is just jammed with herbal delights. They even have a beautiful herb garden space that is shared between the two businesses. (See below.)

My point is, if you are so lucky to have a unique small business in your area, especially an herb shop or tea room, please patronize them. They give great personal service and it will decrease your stress level during the holiday season. I will do additional posts on my blog about both of these businesses with more photos than I could put in this post. So please come over to my blog and check those out.

As always, if you have a comment or question about any of my posts, please write to me here with a comment or my email at and put “Herb Comment or Question” in the subject line. The Herbal Husband and I wish you the happiest of holiday seasons! Talk to you soon.

NHeraudYou can read more from the Lemon Verbena Lady by visiting her personal blog Lemon Verbena Lady's Herb Garden.