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Central District | Great Lakes District | Mid-Atlantic District | Northeast District | South Central District | Southeast District | West District


Central District:

Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky



Great Lakes District:

Ontario Canada, Western New York, Michigan, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania

September 17 through December 17, 2015

The Mysterious Nature of Fungi

Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
5th Floor, Hunt Library
Carnegie Mellon University
4909 Few Street
Pittsburgh, PA 151213

This exhibit gives an overview fo these mysterious organisms that are found almost everywhere on this planet and are the cause of both bliss and blight.
Join us Thursday, September 17 5-7pm, for the opening reception. We will also open on Saturday and Sunday, October 10 & 1, 1-4pm during Carnegie Mellon University's Ceilidh Weekend Festivities. On Saturday join our curator throughout the afternoon for tours of the exhibition. On Sunday (1:30-2:30pm) Richard Jacob, a biochemist by trade and president of the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club, will present the talk "Mushroom Clubs: Citizen science in action!". Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-noon and 1-5pm; Sunday, 1-4pm Closed November 22, 26 through 29, 2015.

October 10, 2015


Western Reserve Herb Society's
70th Herb Fair

Cleveland Botanical Garden
11030 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106

The Western Reserve Herb Society Herb Fair is a celebration of 70 years of herbal education and her-crafting! We will have all of the wonderful homemade products that you have always enjoyed like herb breads, vinegars, pickles, teas, jellies and jams. We are also hard at work designing new products for you to enjoy, featuring homemade delights such as cocktail mixers, spicy salts and herb butters. There is also a wonderful new category "Seasonal Treasures!" which will feature many products that we guarantee will make your holiday celebrations fragrant and delicious! Enjoy shopping in our glorious Garden Market where you will find beautiful plans, as well as current & vintage home and garden accessories.

Back by popular request is our "Ask the Herb Experts" table where we will have herb crafting demonstrations and you will be able to ask all of your herbal gardening, cooking and blending questions!

"Our herb fair products are one of a kind and handmade in the USA from our own gardens. What could be better? Learn more about herbs from us and share our passion!", says Kathleen Gips, a longtime member of the Western Reserve Herb Society.

Also on fair day you will be able to learn about Savory, the International Herb Association's Herb of the Year. You will be able to take a guided tour of our lovely garden to see various savory cultivars that we grow and learn how we use this versatile herb in cooking, wreaths and potpourris!

Enjoy two wonderful herbal talks this year;

WHRS Member Beth Schreibman-Gehring will teach you to:
            "Make Thyme for Tea: How to Grow, Blen and Use the herbal tea herbs"

WHRS Member Kathleen Gips will be teach you to:
            "Preserve the Herbal Harvest: How to make and use Herbal Vinegars"

The proceeds from the Herb Fair support Western Reserve Herb Society Scholarships to horticultural students and our renowned Western Reserve Herb Society Herb Garden, housed in the glorious Cleveland Botanical Gardens.


Mid-Atlantic District:

Delaware, Virginia, Southern New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina, D.C.

September 11 - 13, 2015

Save the Date!

2015 Mid-Atlantic District Meeting
Celebrating the
35th Anniversary of the National Herb Garden

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Welcome reception at the United States Botanic Garden
(Registration table available)
Evening Dinner on your own. There will be a restaurant list in your welcome bag.

Breakfast on your own
8:15 - 9:00am
Registration at the United States National Arboretum
Vendor sales, silent auction bidding
9:00 - 10:00am
Welcome and District Meeting
Penni St. Hilaire - Potomac Unit Chair
Cindy Meier - Mid Atlantic District member Delegate
10:00 - 10:30am
Break - vendor sales, silent auction bidding
10:30 - 10:45am
Welcome - Richard T. Olsen, Ph.D., Director, United States
National Arboretum
10:45 - 11:45am
Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living: A 20th Century Herbal.
Michael Balick, Ph.D., Vice President and Director, Institute of Economic Botany, The New York Botanical Garden
11:45am - 12:00pm
Break - book signing and sales, vendor sales, silent auction bidding
12:00 - 1:15pm
Lunch - box lunch may be taken to the picnic tables outside or under the
arbor in the herb garden or to the classroom inside the building.
1:15 - 2:00pm
Understand Your Soil and Nurture your Plants. Tricia Steinhilber,
Ph.D., Department of Science and Technology, University of Maryland.
2:00 - 2:30pm
Break - last chance for vendor sales. Complete silent auction bids.
2:30 - 3:00am
The Four Curators: Holly Shimizu, Janet Walker, Jim Adams and
Chrissy Moore, “The National Herb Garden”. Adjourn to the garden.
3:15 - 4-00pm
In the herb garden with the curators.
Toast to 35 years of the National Herb Garden
Adjourn. Pick up silent auction items.

Click here for more information and the registration form

October 6, 2015


Pennsylvania Heartland Unit presents Herbal Delights Symposium

Stokesay Castle
141 Spook Lane
Reading, PA 19606

The theme for this year's symposium is "Herb for All Occasions"
Featured speaker will be former White House Chef, John Moeller. In addition, there will be a herbal speaker, luncheon, workshop, educational displays and a raffle.
Vendors will be available for your shopping pleasure.

For more information, check the PHHS Website (AFTER AUGUST 1st) at phhs.homestead.com


Northeast District:

Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Eastern New York, Connecticut, portions of New Jersey, Eastern Canada

September 12, 2015


Long Island Unit 23rd Annual Herb Fest

Hallockville Museum Farm
6038 Sound Avenue
Riverhead, NY 11901

Please join us for our one day Herb Fest at the Hallockville Museum Farm Festival and Craft Fair. Fresh and dried herbs, handmade tussie-mussies, soup wreaths, jams, jellies, herbal baked goods, a variety of hand crafted herbal items and our cookbooklets Great Herbal Beginnings and Great Herbal Endings will be available for sale.

For more information on the festival visit www.hollockville.org

September 17, 2015


New Your Unit 67th Annual Herb Fair

John Jay Homestead Historic Site
Route 22
Katonah, New York 10536


Plants, baked goods, fresh herbs, potpourri, local honey, demonstrations, gardening aids, herbal gifts, books and more. Luncheon and delicious lovage soup may be purchased.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, e-mail herbsocietyny@gmail.com
No registration required

September, 29, 2015


Exploring Victory Gardens; How a Nation of Vegetable  Grower's Helped to Win the War hosted by the NorthEast Seacoast Unit

Tyco Visitor's Center
Strawbery Banke Museum
14 Hancock Street
Portsmouth, NH

During World War II, as part of the war effort, posters encouraged patriotic Americans to “Grow vitamins at your kitchen door” and “Eat what you can, and can what you cannot eat.” In fact, Americans needed to supplement their diets during a time of food rationing and shortages. Nearly 20 million gardeners answered the call, including many who had never wielded a hoe. Victory gardeners learned to prepare soil in beds, grow seedlings, control weeds, irrigate, and eliminate pests—raising successful crops for the duration of the war years. Join us as we explore the role of 1940s vegetable gardens, ration-book cookery, and food preservation in wartime victory. The program will include a lecture and slide show, taste-testing of foods made from period recipes, demonstration of hay box cookery, viewing of original film footage of victory gardens, and time for questions and discussion.

Judith Sumner has taught extensively at the college level and at various botanical gardens including the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and Garden in the Woods, the botanic garden of the New England Wild Flower Society in Framingham, Massachusetts. She is the author of several books including The Natural History of Medicinal Plants and American Household Botany: A History of Useful Plants 1620 -1900 as well as numerous scientific publications.  In 2007, she received the Herb Society of America’s Gertrude B. Foster Award for Excellence in Herbal Literature.

South Central District

Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri

October 1 - 3, 2015

Herb Harvest Festival

Ozark Folk Center
1032 Park Avenue
Mountain View, AR 72560

Herb Harvest Supper-October 1, 2015
Herb Harvest Festival-October 2 & 3, 2015
Featuring nationally known herbalists, local herbal merchants and plant enthusiasts sharing their knowledge in this annual seminar.

Registration is now Open
Click here for South Central District Gathering information and registration

Click here for to visit the Ozark Folk Center website
Register soon as this event fills quickly. Cabin lodging will sell out quickly.

Southeast District

Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, and offshore East

August 27, 2015

Bugs: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Baton Rouge Unit Meeting

Burden Center
4560 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA

Dr. Tim Schowalter, entomologist at LSU, will help us recognize our friends in the garden and how to encourage them, and the pests in our gardens and how to discourage them.  Dr. Schowalter's specialty is fire ants, which are spreading like mad here.

August 28, 2015

St. Fiacre Day Blessing of the Herbs and the 25th Anniversary celebration of The New Orleans Unit

Longue Vue House and Gardens
7 Bamboo Road
New Orleans, LA 70124

Please join us for the Annual St. Fiacre Day Blessing of the Herbs, at Longue Vue Gardens' Walled Herb Garden. Father Randy Roux will give the blessing. The blessing will take place at 9:30am followed by a reception with the Herb Society members in the Playhouse. Along with celebrating the city's 10th year of recovery and rebirth following Hurricane Katrina, The Herb Society of America New Orleans Unit is celebrating their 25th year. We hope you take the time to participate in this lovely ceremony and celebrate the partnership of The Herb Society of America, New Orleans Unit and Longue Vue House and Gardens staff. Remember to bring your seeds and gardening tolls to be blessed!

RSVP to Linda Franzo at lindafranzo57@gmail.com

September 19, 2015


Herb Day 2015 hosted by The Herb Society of Nashville

Cheekwood Gardens Botanic Hall
1200 Forrest Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37205

Herb Day is HSN’s gift to the public each year. We have covered a wide variety of topics over the years and this year we will be learning some of the techniques for giving superb parties and of course, using herbs in our garden-scapes, decorations, and food.

Todd Breyer will be our first presenter. He will inspire us with ideas suggesting different vignettes in the garden and how they can provide a beautiful backdrop for any size outdoor party. Todd began his career as a landscape architect in San Francisco after a period of study in Tuscany, Italy, and has since received numerous awards for his work and has appeared both in magazines and on television. He is the chairman of Cheekwood Botanical Gardens’ Plant Collections Committee and the District 4 Commissioner and immediate past chairman of the Metro Beautification and Environment Commission.

Emily Frith will be demonstrating her herbal culinary skills as she demonstrates some of the dishes in the menu she has planned for our lunch. Emily and Jim Frith were the owners of the Corner Market for 16 years. After that era ended, they stayed in the kitchen, started a thriving catering business, and bought the Catering Company in 2007. In 2011, that business evolved into the Corner Market Catering Company as we know and love today. Emily has provided food for a multitude of parties in Tennessee – all with rave reviews.

Our third presenter, Ralph Null, a Mississippi native, has exhibited floral creations in the White House, at presidential inaugurals, in the windows of Saks and Macy's, and in Neiman Marcus catalogues. He is an internationally recognized leader in floral art and floriculture and has exhibited in London, Oslo, Cape Town, Sydney, and Tokyo, and throughout the United States. Over 40 years ago, Ralph began using landscape materials as opposed to traditional commercial floral materials. This creative approach to naturalism is still the foundation to his designs. Prepare yourself for a delightful journey to the garden and beyond.

Of course, we will have a charming collection of vendors selling products and art objects that will make delightful gifts, whether they are given to others or kept for yourself! Many will make wonderful hostess gifts, and others will make incredible party favors. There will be potters, jewelry makers, botanical artists, and many other vendors with a variety of exciting products. Ralph Null will be selling his secret ingredient that makes his floral arrangements last much longer than one would expect.

Music is another key ingredient to a successful party. The Boomerangs, a popular local band that plays the incredibly danceable songs from the 60s and 70s, will provide entertainment for us throughout the day. Many of us are Baby Boomers (or at least know the BBs) and have raised our children on this style of music. Perhaps some guests will spontaneously demonstrate a few steps for us. Invite your friends and join us for a smashing party!

Visit the Nashville Herb Society website to register and for more information-www.herbsocietynashville.org

September 12, 2015

Making Jams and Jellies with the Baton Rouge Unit

Burden Center
4560 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA

This special Saturday 3-hour workshop will teach participants the fundamentals of jam and jelly making, including herbal treats, and each participant will take home a jar or 2 of their product, as well as a cookbook on jams and jellies.

This will require advance registration and a cost to cover the book and the materials.  It will be open to the public. 

Space is limited.

September 24, 2015

Cooking with French Flair
Baton Rouge Unit Meeting

Burden Center
4560 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA

Noted Baton Rouge Chef, Jean French, will share his experience and expertise teaching and demonstrating his special dishes and techniques.

  Open to the public, with a $5 charge for nonmembers.

October 17, 2015
9:00 am

New Orleans Plant Sale

2202 General Pershing St.
New Orleans, LA 70115

The plant sale is held at a private residence allowing attendees to see plants in their growing state. The garden which endured 36" of water after Hurricane Katrina features a native garden, irises and a collection of Salvia. Herbs, butterfly plants, annuals and perennials will be offered for sale. At the sale, unusual varieties not readily available in the local nurseries will be available for purchase. On hand will be members of the local Herb Society Unit to help gardeners select plants for culinary and ornamental uses.

The sale will benefit the New Orleans Botanical Gardens, Longue Vue Gardens, The Herb Society of America, New Orleans Unit's education programs and other local gardening projects.

For further information contact Audrey Driscoll at driscoll@driscollantiques.com.

Be sure to "like" us on Facebook at Herb Society of New Orleans.

October 22, 2015

Keeping a Garden Diary
Baton Rouge Unit Meeting

Burden Center
4560 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA

Peggy Coates, Executive Director of the LSU Hilltop Arboretum, and a fabulous gardener, keeps an online garden diary of her extensive gardens, which include photos and drawings as well as words.  When we read the old garden diaries, we almost feel compelled to pick up a quill pen and write on fine parchment paper to duplicate them, but Peggy has found ways to keep accurate records -- and the bonus of a lovely year-end book of her gardening year!  She will share her knowledge with us.

Open to guests and visitors.  $5 for nonmembers.

November 11, 2015

Baking Yeast Breads

Burden Center
4560 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA

This special Saturday morning workshop will be done by Chef Christina Nicosia, Bakery Chef of the Louisiana Culinary Institute.  She will explain how to work with the living yeast and incorporate herbs and other things like fruit into both sweet breads and lean breads.  A yeast baking cookbook is included in the cost of the workshop. 

Registration online at www.hsabr.org.

December 13, 2015

Baton Rouge Unit Christmas Party

Burden Center
4560 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA

Annual Christmas Party -- bring a festive treat to share.  Holiday punch will be provided along with scintillating conversation.

West District

California, Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, Montana, Utah, Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Wyoming, Western Canada, Mexico, and offshore West

October, 15 - 19, 2015

26th Annual AHG Symposium: New Horizons
in Clinical Herbalism

YMCA of the Rockies
1101 Co Road 53
Granby, Colorado 80446

The American Herbalists Guild is pleased to present their 26th Annual Symposium featuring keynote speaker Ethan Russo. The AHG Symposium hosts some of the world's leading herbal educators, delivering cutting edge presentations on a wide range of topics in herbal medicine.

The Annual Symposium features over 40 lectures, as well as pre- and post symposium intensive, with sessions ranging from beginner to advanced. Herbal practitioners, medical professionals, students and novices can interact with renowned botanists on plant walks, join open discussion panels and meet with some of the leading companies in natural head at the vendor showcase.

This year, the Annual Symposium offers a special track of diverse classes addressing chronic disease and herbal therapies. Participants who attend four workshops in chronic disease track as well the post-symposium intensive will earn a certificate of completion in Chronic Disease and Herbal Therapies Training.

The America Herbalists Guild continues to award continuing education credits for classes taken at each year's Annual Symposium. All classes are eligible for NCCAOM PDAs; select classes are eligible for nursing credits.

For more information visit