by , 11/07/05

As part of its 2004 “Sense and Simplicity” project, Philips has devoted the development of many new products to simplifying the way we live. Many of these products have come about as responses to straightforward questions, such as the LED bulbs we profiled earlier. Recognizing the beneficial effects that home grown herbs have on health, wellbeing, and home cooking, the “Herbarium” is a design concept that makes growing herbs on your windowsill as automated and easy as making a pot of coffee – even for the non-botanically-inclined.

Each self-contained unit is solar powered, creating a microclimate for the plant pads which contain everything necessary for growing herbs- without additional fertilizers or chemicals. Each pad is also equipped with a RFID tag, which is monitered by the Herbarium to ensure optimal growing conditions for each individual plant (whether basil, thyme, sage, etc.), providing a little extra help for those of us without green thumbs. Once the plant pad is “planted,” the herb name is illuminated on the pot rim, which also displays information such as when your home grown herbs are ready to harvest.

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  1. Robert Miller, Montreal September 19, 2007 at 7:44 pm

    Very tantalizing but frustrating that it is still only a “concept”.

    Please put it into limited production and test market it over the internet, I’ll be the first customer AND promote it over my circle of friends……………

  2. Inhabitat » Blog ... June 22, 2006 at 2:01 pm

    […] Last fall, readers went nuts over Green Fortune’s Streamgarden, a sexier-than-usual hydroponic pot system for growing plants indoors. Philips made a similar splash with their Herbarium design, but readers became frustrated to find that this design wasn’t available for sale anywhere. Herbi raises the bar for smarts and sex-appeal, and while its not in stores yet – it looks like its on its way in the near future. […]

  3. Steve November 11, 2005 at 12:22 pm

    Always watch out when the word ‘concept’ is mentioned. It means that it’s not for sale.

    Check out for example green fortune’s Streamgarden ( instead. Wasn’t that on this forum a while ago?

  4. Relic November 8, 2005 at 12:42 pm

    Aaah, this is perfect for my “Purple Sticky Punch” seedlings. Me want’s one!

  5. NK November 8, 2005 at 3:22 am

    The Herbarium is one of Philips’ “design concepts,” and is unfortunately unavailable for purchase right now. The website states that some of the products in this line will be available in 3-5 years. Let’s hope that this is one that makes it to the market!

  6. fabian November 8, 2005 at 2:03 am

    is it being distributed yet? where to buy?.. tnx.

  7. Tabatha November 8, 2005 at 12:46 am

    I want one!!!

  8. piet November 7, 2005 at 9:03 am

    please send me more info on the Herbariuim and where can I buy it from I am a commodity agent in South africa and would like to obtain a sample so as to test the market with the product

    Thank you

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