"Dreams can't come true without first dreaming...there is no harvest without first sowing seed"
James J Steele

The Cove Garden


A Wonderful Integration of Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers…


Welcome to The Garden at Tranquilla Cove!

In 1989 The Herb Garden was established in Melrose, Fl. to bring quality herbs to the North Central Florida area. For over 20 years, The Herb Garden was a successful wholesale nursery serving Gainesville, Jacksonville, Ocala, Orlando, and the surrounding communities. The Herb Garden was well known to Garden Clubs, Herb Societies, and the herbal community for quality herbs. As a result, The Herb Garden established a prominent role in North Central Florida’s Herbal awakening.

After retirement, we continue growing Culinary and Medicinal herbs in our main gardens. With 8 raised beds, we grow organically, using chicken, horse, and cow manure and cover crops. This insures a replenishment of the soil as well as keeping the bugs in check. From our herb and kitchen garden beds to the main garden beds, we enjoy fresh healthy seasonal produce and herbs in The Cove Garden.

A brief overview of the Cove Garden…






AI Herb IconHerbs and Spices we grow at Tranquilla Cove…

Arugula, Basil ‘African Blue’, Basil ‘Purple Ruffles’, Basil ‘Lemon’, Basil ‘Thai’, Basil ‘Sweet’, Bay ‘Sweet’, Calendula, Cardamom, Catnip, Chives, Comfrey, Coneflower ‘Purple’, Cilantro, Culantro, Cutting Celery, Dill, Equisetum, Eucalyptus ‘Lemon’, Fennel, Garlic Chives, Ginger, Lemon Verbena, Lavender, Marjoram, Mint ‘Kentucky Colonel’, ‘Spearmint’, Mullein, Oregano ‘Greek’ ‘Italian’, Parsley ‘Curled’, Patchouli, Root Beer Plant, Roquette, Rosemary, Sage ‘White’, Savory ‘Georgia’, Stevia, Tarragon ‘Spanish’, Thyme and Turmeric.


AI Flower Icon Flowering Plants we grow at Tranquilla Cove…

African Blood Lily, African Blue Basil, Anise Hyssop, Azalea, Beach Daisy, Black Eyed Susan Vine, Calendula, Camelias, Coneflower ‘Purple’, Confederate Jasmine, Confederate Rose, Coral Honeysuckle, Coreopsis, Cosmos, Firebush, Georgia Savory, Ginger, Hedichium, Impatiens, Marigold ‘Lemon Scented’, Milkweed, Moonflower Vine, Morning Glory Vine, Nasturtium, Oak Leaf Hydrangea, Passion Flower, Roses, Rudbeckia, Sage ‘Mexican’, Society Garlic, Sunflowers, Tea Olive, Vinca, Violets, Wisteria, Yarrow, Zinnia


AI Fruit Icon Fruits we grow at Tranquilla Cove…

Bananas, Blueberries, Fig ‘Brown Turkey’, Meyer Lemon, Kefir Lime, Key Lime, Pear, Roselle


AI Vegetable IconVegetables we grow at Tranquilla Cove…

Beans, ‘Bush’, ‘Pole’, Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Kale, Lettuce, Mustard, Okra, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Radishes, Squash, Tomatoes.


I’d like to share a video of my old garden at Rum Island, from the early 1980s