“A Cook’s Garden: What, Why and How to Grow Culinary Aromatics”

by Pam Pace, Thursday, March 14, 2024

Culinary aromatics are vegetables, herbs and spices—like onions, scallions, celery, thyme and garlic—that when combined in the right way, add flavor and aroma to a recipe. So why buy these when you can easily grow your own? Come and learn more about the top choices to add to your culinary garden. Join Clallam County Master Gardener Pam Pace for the Green Thumb Education Series presentation, “A Cook’s Garden: What, Why and How to Grow Culinary Aromatics” and find out what to grow to spice up your life.

Signature dishes from cuisines around the world use aromatics to create incredible depth of flavor and the herbs and vegetables they use are not difficult to grow in our maritime climate. “Growing culinary aromatics in the North Olympic Peninsula is not only easy, but it’s one of the simplest, most economic ways to grow garden-to-table produce throughout the year while taking your culinary skills to the next level,” Pam said.

Pam was a Master Gardener in Kootenai County, Idaho and more recently became a Clallam County Master Gardener in 2023. During her lifelong gardening journey, she has grown vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers in five different planting zones. She is thrilled to be gardening in the North Olympic Peninsula with all the challenges and joys it has to offer. Pam

spent her early adult years working in the culinary field and throughout the years has evolved into an adventurous home cook. She combines her love and knowledge of cooking and gardening for this Green Thumb presentation. Throughout the growing season you will find Pam at the Woodcock Demonstration Garden every Thursday morning where she oversees the Culinary Garden. When she is not at the Demo Garden, you will find her at her home garden, planting and harvesting or in her kitchen, cooking and preserving.

The Green Thumb Education Series presentation “A Cook’s Garden: What, Why and How to Grow Culinary Aromatics” will be held in person on Thursday, March 14th from noon – 1:00 p.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 510 E. Park Avenue in Port Angeles.

Or you may join via Zoom from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:


Meeting ID: 936 2989 8830

Passcode: 676224

Or join by phone: 253-215-8782

The Green Thumb Education Series, sponsored by the Washington State University Clallam County Master Gardeners, is held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month through October. In November, December, and January, one lecture is offered. Scheduled presentations are subject to change. Visit the WSU Extension Clallam County website calendar for the latest information on upcoming presentations. For questions, call 360-565-2678.