The Herb Society of America (HSA) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that focuses on educating its members and the public on the cultivation of herbs and the study of their history and uses, both past and present. The motto of The Society, "For Use and For Delight," is taken from the 17th century herbalist, John Parkinson.
The Society maintains a library at its national headquarters, produces a variety of publications and educational programs, coordinates networking and learning opportunities, and awards grants to educators. Many HSA members create and / or maintain public herb gardens. In these gardens, visitors can see first-hand how to grow and use herbs.
Projects of The Society include fostering plant collections, investigating promising herb plants, and supporting an intern at the National Herb Garden, located at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. This 2.5-acre public garden was a gift from HSA to the nation in 1980.
The Society sponsors a variety of educational opportunities, including national and district (regional) symposia, and local events held by units across North America. You can find current detailed listings of herb-related events in your area by browsing our Calendar of Events.
Membership is open to anyone interested in herbs or any business concerned with growing, processing or selling herbs and herb-related products. Individuals may join as a member at large or may choose to become active in a local unit. Information on HSA units is located below. All HSA members are affiliated with a regional membership district. Details about the geographic scope of HSA membership districts and additional information about HSA units and their activities is available below.