SLU's garden is being bull-dozed to build a track. Right now, I'm trying to remember who wrote the song with lyric's "paved paradise and put up a parking lot". If you can think of it, let me know. It was not Amy Grant. That translates into the absolute hemorrhage that takes place when trying to move an established plant to another location. No need to take the whole thing, just a small piece with minimal dirt attached.
I moved a chunk of summer savory, an herb that grows to about 1.5 feet in height and is made of green slender leaves.
Savory is known for its bold, peppery taste and is used to flavor green vegetables.
It's flavor is so strong that since the time of the Saxon's (5th century I think), it has been used to describe a distinct area of cooking. Savory (adj) is pretty much synonymous with flavorful and tasty foods. Seems that everyone has history.
Bottom line with transplanting: you can't be too gentle or you'll never move anything. Then, bring it to its new home, and water immediately. I think this process is the equivalent of someone ripping our feet off and sticking us on a plane to Japan. Then our feet grow back, and we learn to like white rice more than we ever have. Transplanting is definitely not detrimental.