Chanchal’s Blog

Forest Bathing – a new name for an old concept

Most people would agree that escaping the noise and pollution of the city to spend time in nature is a good thing. We all know we feel better in a natural environment, and we bring potted plants and cut flowers … Read More

Upcoming 2019 Events at Innisfree!

The 2019 calendar at Innisfree Farm is getting busy. Check out all the webinars, classes and retreats we are offering and make this the year you come to play in our gardens!


We have a Deep Green Nature Immersion Retreat … Read More

A note of recognition from American Herbal Pharmacopeia

Hello friends

What a pleasant surprise today to receive a certificate of appreciation from my good friends at the American Herbal Pharmacopeia project. When you donate your time to a good cause it is reward enough to see the project … Read More

The importance of a healthy gut flora and balanced microbiome

This is fascinating study that verifies the incredible importance of a healthy gut flora and balanced microbiome. We already know this matters for your mental health (depression is linked to gut dysbiosis), to auto-immune diseases through the issue of leaky … Read More

Commentary on announcement by FDA regarding cancer tests

It was a good news day when the FDA approved insurance agencies funding a suite of predictive cancer tests that may change the face of how we practice oncology.

For over 50 years the standard treatment plan for cancer has … Read More

Interview with Chanchal Talking on Horticulture Therapy, Gardens without Borders and Herbal Medicine

Interview published in the newsletter of The Canadian Horticulture Therapy Association, summer 2016.

Review: Innisfree Farm offers a tranquil oasis for an al fresco lunch

We thought we were just heading up to Royston’s Innisfree Farm for a nice Saturday lunch – who could resist a menu like the one posted above?

Innisfree in the past has held a few farmhouse dinners, which we have

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Pacific Northwest Wildflowers

I am very happy to share with you the wonderful Pacific Northwest Wildflowers website that I discovered today. There are 16235 wildflower photographs by Mark Turner the photographer and co-author (with Phyllis Gustafson) of the award-winning field guide, Wildflowers of … Read More

Baldwins Herb Map of Europe

Thanks to Baldwins Herbs in London for this lovely herb map of Europe – truly a work of art and also quite useful.

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Some of my favourite herbal reference books

I have dozens of herbal and health and gardening books, many hundreds actually – I swear they must breed in the night because it seems they are always increasing in number and spilling off the shelves. I dream of built-ins to the ceiling that would give another 3 or 4 metres of shelving, but then of course I would no doubt fill them in no time as well I cannot list them all here but I have picked out the ones that I go back to again and again, or that have particular or special information not found elsewhere. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.