About Us

MeadowSweet Herbs and Flowers is the business home of Minette Tonoli.

I am an earth mother and herb enthusiast striving to become more and more self-sufficient in my acre homestead. And I love sharing my experiences, and the knowledge I gained over more than 15 years growing and using plants for food and medicine.

I aim to, through my online and real-life presence to provide a place of excitement and inspiration in learning more about soulful gardening for your good food and good health.

Knowledge Base

I absolutely love to chat about food and medicine plants, from how to grow them to how to use them.

You can expect an array of "hippie homesteading" information from me - ranging from horticulture know-how to household uses for herbs; composting to caring for quail, companion planting to tips for growing juicy heirloom tomatoes; how to prune  your grapevine to making a stress-reducing herbal tea... and so much more!

I include recipes and ideas on cooking up a healthy meal with your own produce, or step-by-step guides on making home herbal remedies.

So contact me with your questions, comments and queries, or check in with me at one of the workshops I run at MeadowSweet, or the talks that I give on various gardening and herb use topics.

I also write a monthly newsletter, and have written commissioned articles for various magazines and periodicals. I post frequently to a volley of Social Media channels - so follow me to keep up to date with events, offerings, recipes and gardening ideas.

Facebook: https://facebook.com/MeadowSweetHerbsNZ
Twitter: https://twitter.com/meadowsweetnz
Instagram: https://instagram.com/meadowsweetherbsnz/
Pinterest: https://nz.pinterest.com/meadowsweetherbsflowers/

I'm also known as @HerbGirlNZ, and have previously had businesses in South Africa called The Little Herb Cottage, HerbsOnline, and used to blog under Herbalicious - Minette's Herbs & Herbals.

Plants & Gardens

My boutique back-yard home nursery specializing in a large selection of homegrown and spray free herbs and heirloom vegetables have started up again after my move from Auckland to Christchurch, and I'm excited to be offering some plants for sale again. I do also have access to seed lots, and am happy to grow bulk plants on request - please make an inquiry. More news on my restructure to follow soon!

I am passionate about useful plants, especially herbs, and grow as great a variety as I can in my own garden. You'll find plants for culinary, medicinal, household, beauty or even spiritual and craft use, along with a variety of fruits and berries, heirloom vegetables, edible flowers and companion plants. Please contact me for visits and informative tours through the garden.